Looking for local chicks

Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by arvmontessori, Sep 29, 2015.

  1. arvmontessori

    arvmontessori New Egg

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    Hello everyone,

    I am administrator of a small private Montessori school in Central AR that inherited a chicken coop and a few chickens a few years ago from a previous family. We've lost a few chickens due to old age and would like to get more chicks. We are looking to get 5 and would like to replace the Silky that we had. We don't know a lot about chickens but we are very willing and open to learning. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks so much for your time!!
     
  2. jk47

    jk47 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would suggest unless you can divide the coop in half to sell/eat the old hens and start fresh with a whole new batch of chicks
    You can buy chicks normally from you local feed store or you can order them in from a hatchery
     
  3. arvmontessori

    arvmontessori New Egg

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    Thank you!
     
  4. rockriver

    rockriver Out Of The Brooder

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    If u dont get rid of the old hens and just put the new chicks in they will kill them more than likely
     
  5. arvmontessori

    arvmontessori New Egg

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    We only have one hen left at this point and she's rather old too. Should we get rid of her too?
     
  6. rockriver

    rockriver Out Of The Brooder

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    No real reason to keep her it would be better to start fresh especially if she isnt laying
     
  7. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    But then I've read on BYC that some will keep an old hen or two, depending on personality to teach the new birds the ropes.
    Depending on where you are, you can also check with your local 4-H. Some of them have excellent poultry programs and have high quality peeps or young birds for sale.
     
  8. rockriver

    rockriver Out Of The Brooder

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    I am by no means a large scale poultry keeper or expert but i do know that once you show each chick what food and water is and where to find it they are normally ok and when let out the natural instinct kicks in to forage u can keep the old hen and see how she takes to the newbies if she is ok all is good if dhe is aggressive you will have to get rid
     
  9. jk47

    jk47 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would highly suggest that you get rid of the old hens even through the hen might take to the new birds. From a bio security stand point it well be best to get rid of the old hens and clean and disinfect the coop and all of the equipment in the coop and start with a fresh clean coop free of any diseases that might of been there. Also the pullets well be eating grower witch would mean the hen would have to eat it to and grower is more expensive then layer. In my small poultry operation of 30 hens. I like to house birds by age so not only because I can watch for problems that age group might have it also saves money on feed because in my area chick starter is $22 grower is $20 and layer is $18
     
  10. RetiredRon

    RetiredRon Out Of The Brooder

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    I also live in central AR. Did you know there is an AR thread?

    I don't know where to get the chickens your looking for. The guy I used to get eggs from hasn't returned my calls or text since August. . I was considering talking to him about a few hens too..

    If you post on the AR thread you might find someone
     

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