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Should i start my flock as day old chickens or should i start with a few mature birds.

Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by jonnychicken, May 22, 2016.

  1. jonnychicken

    jonnychicken New Egg

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    Hi All,
    My coop and run should be ready in about 3 weeks so I'm wondering if I should buy all day old chicks or if i should start with a few mature birds and then add a few young ones?

    Any help is appreciated!

    Jon
     
  2. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depends. . Some times you can find 6 month pullets reasonable. . If there too expensive. . Buying chicks is good too. Buying chicks gives you more breed options.. but you'll have to wait 6 months for eggs..
    I wouldn't by older hens.. too many people lie say there a year old..when there 2 or older. Pullets you should be able to tell.
     
  3. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    The learning curve is more gentle with pullets, as opposed to chicks (and less demanding). As Rod-T suggests, getting a hold of point-of-lay pullets (those that are almost at laying age - say 4-6 months) is a great option, rather than buying hens that are already laying (since its difficult to tell exactly how old they are).

    You'll soon want more chickens, and after a while building up your experience with the pullets, it will make the move to raising chicks that much easier and successful.

    Cheers
    CT
     

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