New to BYC and Raising Hens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by LadyLucia, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. LadyLucia

    LadyLucia Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, I'm vegetarian, and have been wanting to raise hens for eggs for a loooong time. I've been doing research for many months and now that I'm ready for some hens, I can't seem to find what I'm looking for. I don't know why I thought it would be easy, or maybe it is and I'm just too picky about what hens I want. I'm looking to build a small flock (3-4 hens) from a variety of breeds (Black Australorp, Buff Orpington, Barred Rock, Sex-Link, Silkie, Star, or Easter Egger. My biggest problem is that I don't won't chicks, for fear I'll get a rooster that I can't keep (I get attached easy and I'm not allowed roosters where I live). I've been looking for young hens (5-12mths old) for over a month now, but now I'm thinking of taking my chances with chicks. I've become obsessed with finding the perfect chickens, and my boyfriend says I have chicken brain! Any suggestions on where to look for healthy pullets or hens? I stalk craigslists daily, and I've joined several farm groups on facebook, am I missing something? I'm located in Prairieville, La. and willing to travel a bit for the right hens. Any advice is welcome. :)
     
  2. Ridgerunner

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  3. LadyLucia

    LadyLucia Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! :)
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    I would get Australops, I have 2 and they are the gentlest chickens! They are super friendly + good layers! So I would get 1 or 2 Black Australorps.
     
  6. LadyLucia

    LadyLucia Out Of The Brooder

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    I really love what I've been reading about Australorps, and I think 2 is a great idea. Thank you! :)
     
  7. chickenboy190

    chickenboy190 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome! Glad you joined BYC! You can buy chicks that are pullets though.
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  10. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! You might want to check out mypetchicken.com, you don't have to order a huge amount of chicks and you can get a variety, and they have a 90% accuracy guarantee on pullets. Good luck to you.
     

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