ok - how do I deal with this mess?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by cocoloco, May 31, 2016.

  1. cocoloco

    cocoloco Chirping

    May 31, 2016
    I am a new member - I was planning to join eventually but decided to speed things up based on my current dilemma. I'll try to make this short - A friend bought 8 chicks on March 26 for her brother and his wife, because they talked about getting chickens. She bought them at the Tractor Supply Store. After 6 weeks, one got out of the yard, a neighbor complained, there was a big argument - result - my husband offered to take them - even though we are city folk and know nothing about chickens. Anyway, we quickly built a coop, feed, etc. 2 weeks later, we are getting attached to these crazy things - they make us laugh. We have 2 bantams (male and female) 4 hens and 2 roosters. Today, I went back to Tractor supply and met their chicken expert - I was wondering when they start to lay. I told her my friend bought them there and was told they were Cornish. The chicken lady said - "those are meat birds not egg layers - whoever was here that night messed up and sold your friend meat birds. They should have been butchered by now it is cruel to keep them alive." I was in shock. She said "are they fat with huge feet?" - I said the roosters are - she told me to get rid of them. I'm heartbroken and angry. Why would tractor supply store allow someone to sell meat birds to a person who clearly wanted layers. We've invested time and money so I don't want to write them all off. They also sold leghorns - how can I tell what they are ? Am I being cruel keeping them alive? I need advice badly.

  2. Rod-T

    Rod-T Songster

    Sep 23, 2015
    Deer park, Washington
    Got any pictures.? . Probably not meatbirds.. certainly not the bantys right?..
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join us here! I'm sorry to hear it's been a mess with your new chicken adventures. I've just been reading your other thread and Sourland left you some great advice with I totally agree with. Good luck with your new birds I hope you can keep your Cornish as comfortable as possible :fl
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Have been hearing a lot of major complaints about them - don't think I would ever recommend buying chicks from them.
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  6. Rod-T

    Rod-T Songster

    Sep 23, 2015
    Deer park, Washington
    If you post pictures. .we might be able to help

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