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Questions to ask before buying chicks

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by albertagirl1, Mar 9, 2017.

  1. albertagirl1

    albertagirl1 Just Hatched

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    Hi guys! So I've never bought chicks before- this will be our first year raising chickens. I've got a few lined up to pick up this weekend and have been thinking- maybe I'm missing some info? I have an extensive background with dogs and know all about what to ask and look for in a breeder/rescue and to beware of internet scams or puppy mills. Is there any similar concerns with buying chickens? I'm just looking for pets/laying birds so not concerned if they are show worthy but I'm planning on meeting one breeder on the side of a highway to pick up my polish chicks (meeting halfway between our places)... is there anything particular I need to ask or red flags I need to be aware of when buying chicks?
     
  2. snow5164

    snow5164 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well,as you know by meeting on the highway you loose the ability to see the parents , I like to see where they were raised .
    That being said I too have bought in parking lots [​IMG], Pick up each one , check their butts, look for clean healthy skin, clear eyes.if ones smaller don't except it, it may not thrive.

    I'd ask :
    1.What are you feeding them , I ask for some of that feed to mix in with the new feed( just like dogs )
    2. What kind of heat are they under
    3.can I call you with questions, a real breeder will make the time for you
    4.which breeds do you have? For future buys

    You'll know just like a puppy mill owner by the eye contact and answers you get if they are legitimate.
     
  3. albertagirl1

    albertagirl1 Just Hatched

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    Awesome ideas, thanks for the reply. I'll send an email to ask those questions ahead of time so I'm prepared and I'll admit I probably wouldn't have thought to check their bums. Thanks again!
     

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