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How do you safely buy chickens from a breeder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by susanah, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. susanah

    susanah Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2009
    We have bought chickens 3 times through hatcheries and have had no problems. But I would like to get some breeds/colors not sold by hatcheries. I'm thinking we are more likely to pick up disease from a breeder's backyard chickens than some inside a hatchery. How safe is this? My daughter has a chicken that she just loves and I don't want to chance bringing something unsafe into the flock. Should I just leave well enough alone and stick with what we have. Is it a big gamble to bring more birds in?
  2. Chickenpoor

    Chickenpoor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 3, 2011
    Westminster, SC
    One thing you could do if you were going to get breeder birds is make sure the breeder is NPIP certified and has his birds tested.
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    A time of separation and health inspection is sensible for bringing in birds. Certified or not, it only makes sense.
  4. lilliesanchicks

    lilliesanchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 14, 2013
  5. leghornfarm

    leghornfarm Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 9, 2012
    All above excellent advice.

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