Where to buy chicks
May people associate spring with fuzzy baby chicks, but modern hatchery practices make chicks available year-round. Once you know which breed is right for you, select a reputable hatchery or dealer from which to purchase your chicks.
1. Feed stores are an excellent source in the spring time. Check around first to determine what breeds you want and if you only want hens. When you get to the store, you will likely see different bins with different breeds of chicks as well as the terms "Pullets" and "Straight Run".
2. Local internet or newspaper listings. However, be sure to check for lice and mites and keep your new chicks separate from any other birds for 30 days.
Not recommended: there are internet websites that will ship chicks to you, but in general it's best (more humane) for the birds and better for your fellow local chicken farmers if you purchase within your local community.
How many chicks should I get?
Determining the number of chicks for the area available
Careful and realistic housing capabilities are critical to determining the number of birds you will be able to support.
Pullets versus Straight Run
- . Pullets: sexed to be only girls, but sometimes there is the occasionally error.
- Straight-run: meaning luck of the draw on the sex for the chicks you select. Straight run bins usually carry a lower price tag since you'll likely have some males in your selection and no one has taken the time or trouble to try to sex the birds.