Anyone ever bought "used" battery birds?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by roverjohn, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. roverjohn

    roverjohn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There's a guy locally selling 18 month old, molting, Golden Comets for $4/ea. I would think they would have pretty decent production still and supposedly have had all their vaccinations and whatever else production chickens get. Never really thought of doing this sort of thing but it would be an inexpensive way to build my flock by a few birds.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    They probably have at least another year and a half of decent egg production, understanding that will need to complete the molt first. The price is right.
     
  3. chickenlady08

    chickenlady08 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would buy some if there were some near me. Sounds like a good deal and ur rescuing them from being slaughtered. All of my hens have forever homes even after they stop laying. I couldn't live with myself if I had throw away girls. I say go for it and good luck.
     
  4. xenorph

    xenorph Out Of The Brooder

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    For 4 bucks you could always throw 'em in the crockpot and make some dinner.
     
  5. lauriej57

    lauriej57 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sorry, but when you say "battery hens", are you talking about true battery birds that have been used for commercial producton? If so, there is a lot more to it than bringing in somebody's 18 month old hens....
     
  6. Ibicella

    Ibicella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I never have, but I'd certainly jump to get a couple for that price!
     
  7. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Please elaborate.
     
  8. PineappleMama

    PineappleMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    $4 is what we paid for our GSL chicks... and then 18+ weeks of feed... to finally get layers... so on that front seems like a good price to me and you'll be saving them from a less than roomy life.
     
  9. txcarl1258

    txcarl1258 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A few years ago I bought a bunch of Ex White Leghorn battery hens who were molting. I think I paid $3 a piece for them. I took them home and the poor things didn't even know what dirt was. It took them a few months to grow their feathers back and to realize they were chickens. They were great layers each laying around 5 eggs per week. I kept several and sold the rest as laying hens. I would try it. They may not give you an egg every day, but I would think you would get at least 4 or 5 a week from each hen.
     
  10. can you hear me now?

    can you hear me now? Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Never bought em like that but for the price I say jump on it. I would.
     

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