where to buy full grown layers

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jk47, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. jk47

    jk47 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know most producers buy full grown hens so there most be a place to buy them for cheaper then a feed store or is it only for commercial farms and if you know a place let me know Im looking for red stars sorry if this is the wrong area to post this but replacing none layers with fresh layers is part of managing a flock
     
  2. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    I am an old commercial laying hen chicken farmer and I always raised replacement pullets from day old chicks until about 1975.

    I have never seen a working poultry farm that did not raise their own replacement pullets. Believe me it is much cheaper than trucking in 100,000 skittish new pullets and dealing with all the issues that relocation brings on, like introduced diseases, stress, shipping fever, and broken bones.
     
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  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Agree with CGT
     
  4. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    Unfortunately you can't breed a red star rooster to a red star hen and hatch off pure red star chicks from the resulting fertile eggs. That only leaves the hatchery route. Good luck.
     
  5. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

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    It would help if we knew where you are located. I know in PA many use Moyer's in Quakertown. If you can pick them up they are reasonable. They only carry leghorns & Red Sex Link (Don't know what combo a Red Star is). Having to ship pullets is not cost effective, but can be done. They have a website.
     
  6. jk47

    jk47 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I im in the san deigo CA area and sorry I ment sex links
     
  7. If you really want laying hens, purchase from a local farm. "Local" can be 3-4 hours away from me, so don't look within a 5 mile radius. I purchase chicks and raise them to their laying stage, then sell them to other local farmers/backyard flocks. They're many people who do this and will be able to offer you a discount if you purchase more than 10 and if you are a return buyer will also give you another discount.
     
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    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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