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Discussion in 'Buy Sell Auction - Archives' started by 4hLuvers, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. 4hLuvers

    4hLuvers In the Brooder

    Aug 17, 2008
    Bay Area CA
    Hi everyone!
    Well, the coop/run is almost complete and its time to start thinking about where to get our chickens. We are planning to go to a few shows to look at some bantam hens and have a few questions:
    1. Can we buy hens at shows?
    2. Around how much do breeded bantams cost at shows?
    3. Would it be better to wait until spring for chicks?

    Any other advice would be helpful as well.


  2. scrappyroo

    scrappyroo In the Brooder

    Jan 18, 2007
    Binghamton, New York
    If you can afford to feed them, don't wait until spring. You'll pay twice as much for them in the spring.
  3. mikarod

    mikarod Songster

    Sep 28, 2008
    1. Yes you can. Look and see if there is a "sales" area. If not, find a bird that you like, write down the number or name and try to find out who the exhibitor number belongs to then track down that person. (birds from coops generally cost more)

    2. Just purchase a pair of birds. That way you know your female will be bred. Some breeders say that their birds have been in the breeding pen, when they've only been there for a few minutes and have NOT been bred.

    3. Depending on the quality of birds you want, you can wait until spring to order chicks from a hatchery.

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