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Buying adult chickens??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Dixiedoodle, Apr 5, 2008.

  1. Dixiedoodle

    Dixiedoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    I would like to forego the chick and teenage phases and go directly to adult stock. I want hens that are almost or at their lay point-even been laying for a few months would be ok. Do most breeders have hens for sale? Is it too much to ask? Should I contact each breeder a few months ahead of time and ask that they put me on their list? You know like buying puppies! Will I have to buy these cute little fuzzy boogers that make everyones heart race? Dh has agreed to chickens but I think he would kick me and the chicks out, if they have to stay in the house for months!!! [​IMG]
  2. earthnut

    earthnut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 18, 2007
    Seattle, Cascadia
    They are more expensive, but then you don't have to raise them. Yes you can request "started pullets" from breeders. Two breeders I contacted wanted $30 for a started pullet, and these were recommended local breeders that had good stock. Their chicks are $7 each, for comparison. I'd find some local breeders ASAP and email them.

    Make sure you check for mites, lice, and any other bugs on them. Adults are far more likely to have them, especially if you buy from non-professional breeders. I got two hens last fall from a lady getting out of the roadside-egg business, because I just couldn't wait for spring chicks, and now I'm having to deal with eradicating lice and mites. Not the best decision I ever made...
  3. jja4247735

    jja4247735 New Egg

    May 20, 2014
    I have ordered from www. johnadamsfarm .com he ships to all 50 states even in the winter with 100% live delivery!! I was very satisfied and would recommend them to any one. It is definitely the best place to get them. They have the cheapest shipping and price per bird on the web!!
  4. JMcGuire

    JMcGuire Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 5, 2015
    sackets harbor, NY
    Great advice! Thanks for the link!
  5. pdirt

    pdirt Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2013
    Eastern WA
    The John Adams Farm looks like a real nice guy. They're even fed non-gmo diet, though they don't specify what exactly is in the feed. Could be a nice option for some folks not wanting to raise chicks. Shipping is steep though...$100 to ship 3 pullets from TX to WA.
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    WOW talk about old thread revival....2008.....always kind of interesting to see.
  7. chicken feed

    chicken feed New Egg

    Dec 22, 2014
    You got to understand that they ship their chickens Priority Express Mail which is the fastest and most expensive way to ship. They just want the birds to make it to their new home alive.[​IMG]
  8. WthrLady

    WthrLady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2014
    WestOak, Nebraska
    I also buy pullets...10 weekers.
    Around 20$ per bird depending on breed.
    Box holding 4 birds costs me 25$
    Shipping on 4 birds in one box is 65$

    I don't mind.
  9. chicken feed

    chicken feed New Egg

    Dec 22, 2014
    Murray Mcmurray also sells started pullets but the pullets $19.95 and shipping for 3 is $118.95 way more expensive then John Adams Farm. John Adams Farm charges $17.95 per bird and shipping for 3 is only $100.
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2015
  10. WthrLady

    WthrLady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2014
    WestOak, Nebraska
    Watch...some places that sell pullets only have those with trimmed beaks.

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