Why can I not find leghorns at local stores?

Angielee

Hatching
10 Years
Mar 18, 2009
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East Tn
Hi Im new to chickens. I went looking today for what I had decided on; leghorns. I think they are beautiful and are good egg layers. I went to our local feed supply they told me they dont carry that "special kind". Whatever that means. The tractor supply didnt carry them either, they had to same chicks as our local feed supply store. I know I can order them through a magazine but I have to order at least 25. I just need about 4. Why dont stores carry them?
 

CovenantCreek

Chicks Rule!
12 Years
Oct 19, 2007
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Franklin, TN
I don't know why the stores don't carry them -- but I do know that can order a small number of chicks from My Pet Chicken. Just be aware that what you don't spend on chicks will be made up for in the shipping cost. From what I understand, Ideal has a $25 minimum, rather than a 25 chick minimum, but again small orders often incur additional shipping charges to insure the chicks have a chance to arrive safely.

Where are you located? Some here may have some they'd be willing to sell to you if you're close enough.
 

Chickenteacher

Songster
10 Years
Mar 13, 2009
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Patterson, Louisiana
I don't know why they wouldn't carry leghorns other than they are commonly used by the big egg producers....I am partial to the Brown Leghorns....You might want to do a search for hatcheries in your state or a state nearby...I know that Ideal does sell less than 25....and I think mypetchicken.com sells even fewer....check around, someone will do it....
 

Angielee

Hatching
10 Years
Mar 18, 2009
3
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East Tn
I live in Cleveland TN beside Chattanooga TN.
My pet chicken I will check that out thanks
 
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CovenantCreek

Chicks Rule!
12 Years
Oct 19, 2007
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Franklin, TN
Quote:Well, heck girl, y'all come on up! I got White Leghorn pullets for sale. They should start laying by the end of June. Cleveland ain't that far!
 

jason britton

In the Brooder
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Jan 4, 2009
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i know tomorrow there will be white leghorn chicks at harvest feed mill about 2 hours from chattanooga
 

pkeeler

Songster
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Jul 20, 2008
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Shamong
I think the feed stores tend to sell the calmest, most popular farmyard birds. They want people to keep the birds and buy feed. Leghorns are a little too energetic for many and there is not much meat. Plus, leghorns are small and would not eat as much feed as dual purpose breeds.
 

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