Howdy from Western Mass - and where do I buy chickens???

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by GeneGoddess, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. GeneGoddess

    GeneGoddess Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello all -

    My spouse and I just moved to the wilds of Western Mass and have decided to try our hand at raising some chickens (small backyard flock, egg production for us/neighbors, general "fun" and not-for-profit). I'm mostly from Texas, so my experience has been with ranching (cattle, no poultry) and some "pet" guineas of my grandfathers. Spouse is from SoCal, but the "country" version and has raised lots of mammals (horses, goats, etc), but no birds. Spouse is VERY excited about chickens and has been collecting plans for coops, etc. We are very much in the country and chickens are allowed (and our new neighbors are already placing dibs on eggs, etc). We'll likely free-range and plan a flock of maybe 1/2 dozen hens. I've checked on craigslist and people advertise chickens fairly regularly, but we were planning to get some chicks in the early Spring as well (maybe Feb/Mar to raise indoors until winter ends). So, WHERE DO WE ORDER THEM???

    I've been checking out breeds and would likely end up with Americana or the EE mutts (good temperament, decent egg laying, cold hardy, etc). Or something else common and easy to raise. But I'd love some recommendations as to where to order. I have a Murray McMurray catalog, but heard that they were something like the WalMart of hatcheries. Does anyone have any recommendations? And I hope that this post meets the rules regarding "solicitation".
     
  2. forestkingvizslas

    forestkingvizslas Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, I am also from western MA, although closer to north central (Northfield), but still considered "western". ;-)

    I just joined this forum yesterday but have had chickens for a while. This past year I hatched eggs to expand my flock and had a great time with it, it was nice knowing where the chicks came from. We have 5 Buff Orpingtons, 3 Barred Rocks and 1 Splash Orpington. (I am getting a few Silkies hopefully this week.)

    Where are you in MA? Feel free to PM or email me!

    Kim
     
  3. GeneGoddess

    GeneGoddess Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm in the Wilbraham/Palmer area off the MassPike. Nice to meet someone local (even if it is a bit far).
     
  4. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from S. Florida! Great to have you here! Enjoy your venture with chickens!! [​IMG]
     
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

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    In the spring you won't have any problem finding chicks. Craigslist, hatcheries, and feed stores. For smaller numbers I see My Pet Chicken suggested. Good luck

    Imp
     
  6. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

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    A big Texas size [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from WI. Check for breeders (section available) if you want specific breeds. Check farmers, feedstores. Imp suggested a site that will ship as few as 3 - 5 chickens. Most hatcheries start with 25. I managed to find my girls a couple of towns over, I was trying to avoid having them shipped and also only planned on 4 chickens (live in town, big yard but restrictions.....) I went online to find someone in the area that has heritage breed livestock and chickens, not really large scale but good...Good luck! Also, check some of the chickens charts for breeds and if they are winterhardy....Henderson's Chicken Chart is my favorite [​IMG]
     
  8. Ga.chickenman

    Ga.chickenman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from South Georgia
     

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