Newbie in Vermont

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by bluenova, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. bluenova

    bluenova New Egg

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    I think I am ready to launch into raising my own rather than adoring from afar. Ideally, the endeavor would begin like this...start with chickens close to being old enough to lay eggs as soon as possible this season and could become meat birds in the fall. Is this possible? All the feed stores in my area sell baby chicks. I have a landscaping business, so this is a busy time of year for me. Is it possible to buy older birds to start? If so, where do I find them? I've tried searching the web to get an idea about all of this, but all the info I can find begins with raising the babies...which would be fun, but conflicts with other things, as I said. I hope it is not inappropriate to come right out of the chute asking questions! I look forward to learning a ton here. It looks like a wonderful forum.

    Most kindly,
    ---Susan
     
  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
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  3. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
    GR MI: TN bound!
    Welcome
    Sorry I can't help you in your area someone will come along that can
     
  4. Up-the-Creek

    Up-the-Creek Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2008
    West Virginia
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  5. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

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  6. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

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    [​IMG], Susan!

    Glad to have you here! [​IMG]

    You can often buy older birds on Craigslist... However, you really need to be sure of what you're getting. Some birds you may buy from others may be "spent" hens...so they may not be laying e ggs much longer.

    It really is better to raise them from chicks. You can bond with them and they'll truly be the "pets that make you breakfast." [​IMG]
     
  7. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
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  8. mrsgibber

    mrsgibber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some of the hatcheries on line are selling 17 week old pullets...Golden Comets & Black Sexlinks....major egg layers and will continue to lay over the cold winter (which is uncommon) so it'd be good for you being in VT.

    Welcome~!
     
  9. briana1975

    briana1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    Carleton Mi.
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  10. n-da-woods

    n-da-woods Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2009
    North Carolina
    Hello and [​IMG] from NC
     

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