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Started Pullets or Chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Jolly Rancher, Sep 17, 2008.

  1. Jolly Rancher

    Jolly Rancher Hatching

    Sep 17, 2008
    Raleigh, NC
    I have a dilemma. I was just about to order my first chicks (Golden Buffs) from Meyer's, when I discovered a local hatchery has 19 week old Golden Buff pullets that have been vaccinated for Marek's, Newcastle and Fowl Pox.

    I would enjoy raising chicks, but is it better in the long run to have fully vaccinated chickens? I'm starting a small backyard flock, so I'm not really sure if the vaccinations are necessary.
  2. RJ_Hythloday

    RJ_Hythloday In the Brooder

    Aug 27, 2008
    no experience here, but I've read that by raising them they will be more closely attached to you, listen, come when you call etc.
  3. hensdeliverthegoods

    hensdeliverthegoods Songster

    Dec 18, 2007
    Catawba County, NC
    Here's my 2 cents...for what it's worth. My first chickens were started pullets, and it was great fun to start getting eggs in just a few weeks. For the most part my girls are friendly and easy to handle, but a few are flighty.

    I feel like that since I'm a beginner, it was easier to start off with the started pullets, especially since it was late winter when we got them. Now I feel I have more knowledge under my belt to move on to chicks in the spring! [​IMG]
  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:We did the same thing, except that we have the pullets outside with the roo and the babies inside with us.

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