Need help with first purchase???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bjolley, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. bjolley

    bjolley New Egg

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    Hi

    I am new to the forum and am looking at ordering some chicks here shortly.
    I am looking at a few different breeds and was wondering if that is a pain to get them
    From a hatchery at the same time? Is it a bad idea to get different breeds as far as them
    All getting along with one another?

    Thanks
     
  2. Erica

    Erica Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi bjolley, breed isn't generally a problem, but age can be. As long as they've been hatched at roughly the same time they should be fine.
    I'd stick with one source though -- it's too easy to bring in a disease if you buy from different places at the same time, then put them all together.
    Just my feeling anyway. [​IMG]
     
  3. chicken995

    chicken995 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can't tell you about the hatchery, as I've never ordered from one. I get mine from a few local feed stores. I currently have 7 chicks in my brooder. 6 different breeds. Silver Laced Wyandotte, California White, Black Silkie, White Silkie, Black Australorp, Barred Rock, and Black Star. They all get along great.
     
  4. crazygoatlady915

    crazygoatlady915 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello!
    Breeds aren't an issue, as far as i'm concerned, (My brooder: 2 easter eggers, 5 rhodes, 5 barred rocks, a mystery pullet, a silkie, and a polish). And I would suggest getting them the same time, i learned that when i introduced 2 two-week-olds in with 10 babies, it was like david and goliath!
     
  5. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can also check your local feed stores to see if they've got baby chicks.

    Craigslist is another source.

    And there's a section on this forum for selling poultry.

    You can mix and match; just keep the ages (size) at around the same.

    I currently have
    (3) Barred rocks
    (1) Rhode Island Red
    (6) Australorps
    (3) Easter Eggers
    (3) Silkies
    (3) Mille Fleur d'Uccles
    (4) Polishs

    I bought them at various times, so I had to make sure the sizes were about the same since some were older than others.

    Good Luck and [​IMG]
     

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