New to BYC from Waterloo Ia!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by sustainablelove, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. sustainablelove

    sustainablelove New Egg

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    Just got started reading and learning about chickens. Hoping to start a flock of 4 laying hens. Is it best to start with baby chicks or adult hens?
    Not sure where to even search to purchase them. Anyone near here have any suggestions?
     
  2. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC. [​IMG]

    You can find some hatching eggs here on BYC at the Buy~Sell~Trade section. Also check local feedstores, breeders and hatcheries.
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Great to have you here! I think most people raise chickens from chicks rather than buying adult hens. What you do I guess depends on your set p and what you want. Lucky for you Iowa has a couple of great hatcheries. Murray McMurray is widely used and sells a great selection. Schlect is another hatchery. There are others in Iowa, I'm sure. Below is a link to hatcheries. Good luck to you!

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/16/chicken-breeders-hatcheries
     
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] I personally prefer raising chicks, first of all because I'm a chick addict and secondly because it's easier to bond with them and tame them when they are small. The downside is that you might end up with roosters, even if you buy sexed chicks there is still the odd roo that slips through and you'll have to wait 5-6 months for eggs. Raising chicks on the other hand is cheaper than buying POL pullets. But POL pullets are guaranteed to be hens and they'll lay within a month or 2... Up to you, but whichever way you decide, enjoy your chickens!
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Study the forums and ask questions - you will do fine with your flock. Some excellent suggestions as to sources have been provided.
     
  7. chickenpooplady

    chickenpooplady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from Highland County Ohio and God Bless!!!
     
  8. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  9. Dnetschke

    Dnetschke Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. mineral

    mineral New Egg

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    babys is the best way to get started cause you learn as you go and by the 2nd year you are still learning new stuff about your chickens,
     

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