Where to get a new bird...

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by sydney13, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. sydney13

    sydney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2010
    Massachusetts
    Lately I have not been getting as many eggs as I would like and I have plenty of extra room in my coop for a new bird. I would like a pullet or young hen because I don't want to raise a individual chick and I would also like a white egg layer. So I could either get a bird from-
    1. local breeder
    2. the next poultry show (april 10th), which would involve waiting [​IMG]
    3. a started bird from a hatchery (high shipping though) like this one
    http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/started_white_leghorn_pullets.html
    So anyway, what do you recommend?
    Do chicken breeders usually sell individual birds such as their culls or is it usually sold in pairs (can't have a rooster)?
    Do most poultry shows have a sales barn?
     
  2. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

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    the problem with all of those methods is possible infection. If you buy from a local or an auction, you never really know the history of the bird... are they really just a year old or are they 3 years old.

    Why not get a few chicks grow them out and sell the extras to cover the cost. People around hear love to buy started pullets.

    If I were buying an adult bird, or point of lay pullet I would definately maintain a period of isolation and if possible buy from a NPIP certified flock.
     

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