Ordering full size pullets 3 month or older

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by karlamaria, Dec 11, 2015.

  1. karlamaria

    karlamaria Songster

    Jan 30, 2011
    Western montana
    Has anyone ordered bigger birds, if so where and how did they do ? I'm looking to add a few leghorns to my flock, love there egg laying abilities but it's winter and no one around has any. I have pullets I found several towns over recently and there young, maybe 3/4 months old. I want to add same size leg horns to the lot.

  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

    Apr 11, 2011
    This time of the year is probably going to be slim pickins. Keep an eye on your local sales networks (Craigslist, ect), you might get lucky. As for ordering them, I honestly never have. But, my neighbor use to order started pullets every Spring. He'd preorder them from our local co-op and they'd call him to get them at the store when they arrived.
    You could also try going to the Where Am I? Where Are You? section of the forum, find your states thread and see if any local BYCers have what you're looking for.

    Good luck!
  3. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Crowing

    Apr 12, 2013
    Boulder, Colorado
    Consider waiting. A multi age flock helps flatten out the peaks and valleys of egg laying. I like adding 5-6 new layers every year so I always have some in their prime.
  4. Weehopper

    Weehopper Songster

    Feb 26, 2015
    I did. I have 2 New Hampshires, 2 Cuckoo Marans, and 1 EE. I believe they were around 24 weeks old. I am more than satisfied with my girls. It is a spendy way to go, but if you can afford it, do it. It helps eliminate the pullet/rooster guesswork, and, you don't have to worry about setting up a brooder. The only thing I don't like about it is that you don't have nearly as many breed choices.
    Hope this helped. Got mine from Murry McMurry hatchery.

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