Get More Chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Eepster, Aug 17, 2014.

  1. Eepster

    Eepster Chirping

    Jul 15, 2014
    Hi all. I currently have 15 hens and 1 rooster. A lady came to our church and wanted to give me some chickens. It sounded like she didn't know anything about chickens, and she even said it. She wanted to give me 3 Rhode Island Reds (she suspected one was a roo) and 3 bantams. I have large breeds right now and am worried how the bantams would mix with my chickens. I have also just gone from 30 chickens to 16 because I'm trying to downsize for the winter. She doesn't know a lot about chickens so they could all be Roos. I tould her that I would get back to her by next Sunday. My dad said I shouldn't get them. Any Advice?
  2. welasharon

    welasharon Songster

    Jun 28, 2010
    North Florida
    I would say NOOOOO. You don't know if they have any diseases. Stick with what you have and slowly add as you get ready to picking the breeds you want.
  3. chicksurreal

    chicksurreal Songster

    Dec 3, 2013
    I have made it a hard and fast rule to never take chickens from anyone that I don't know personally and know how they treat their animals or what is going on with them health wise.

    I've seen way too many horror stories on here where a person's entire flock gets wiped out by bringing an unknown into the mix. It's sad because there are so many chickens that need rehoming, but I won't risk my existing flock. That's just me though...
  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    I agree completely! Take care of the birds you have. I never take in outside birds. Mary
  5. Eepster

    Eepster Chirping

    Jul 15, 2014
    Yeah I have never taken birds from someone before. I have only sold them and bought chicks.

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