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Where is a good place to get chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by teambrother, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. teambrother

    teambrother New Egg

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    I am totally new to the chicken thing. My daughter and I have built a nice brooder box and are assembling a small coop. We want to start off small and see what happens. The problem is we have a place to house chicks and chickens but no chicks or chickens themselves. Finding the chicks is not as easy as I thought. Can't find anything local and alot of the mail order places don't want to bother with a small quantity of 4 chicks. Does any one have any ideas? The local Tractor Supply is new and gave all their chicks to other stores. They said they didn't think they would sell. Thanks for any help you can offer.[​IMG]
     
  2. tgblldog70

    tgblldog70 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    do you have a Rural KIng in your area? They have chicks now also call some local mom and pop feed stores they always have the low down on newly hatched and breed animals for sale. If you were close I'd offer you some of our new chicks we have almost 20 now with 25 more on the way.
     
  3. billl2099

    billl2099 Out Of The Brooder

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    local breeders often advertise on craigslist under farm and garden, also try your local feed store
     
  4. footloose

    footloose New Egg

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    Tractor Supply is a store which usually has a few varieties this time of year.
     
  5. BroodCoop

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    I went by Tractor Supply the other day and was pretty disappointed by the conditions in the brooders. I would check for a certified breeder in your area. NPIP is a good start. Then I would check local clubs, feed stores, call your extension service, craigslist.
     
  6. BlazeJester

    BlazeJester Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Meyer Hatchery sells a minimum of 3. The shipping cost for small orders is $36, but I found it was well worth getting sexed chicks of the breeds I wanted. I have had two shipments of 7 from them and all chicks arrived happy and very healthy, except for one chick in the last order - and they sent an extra to replace her. They're both my best layers now [​IMG]
     
  7. Armywifeandmama

    Armywifeandmama Out Of The Brooder

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    I buy from Ideal or Cackle Hatchery.
     
  8. jecombs

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    We got ours at Tractor Supply, but they had a 6 chick minimum. You might try calling your local 4H group or Ag. Extension Agent. They probably know of folks in the community who breed chickens.
     
  9. teambrother

    teambrother New Egg

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    thanks
     
  10. felidaet

    felidaet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You forgot to tell us where where you are located (city and state). Someone on here might be able to point you to a local source of chicks. You will notice that many of us have our location included in our avitar.
     

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