Our Golden Comet chickens were purchased from a local breeder in our area and our Rhode Island Reds were purchased from Tractor Supply during their "Chick Days". All of our chickens have done very well and we are very pleased with them. There are so many places where you can purchase chickens and we have listed a few Hatcheries that supply chicks.
If you choose to have chicks sent to you by mail please know that most hatcheries require that you buy at least 25 before they will mail them. If you are going to buy in a large quantity make sure you have enough room for you laying hens. See our Laying Hens page under Legacy Livestock for more information on the general care for laying hens.
While we have basics listed on our site for general care of Laying Hens, there are a variety of resources out there to answer any question you may have. Here are a few of our favorites!
descriptions below are from Amazon.com
►Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens
by Gail Damerow
"Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens includes all the information farmers need — from choosing breeds and hatching chicks to building coops and keeping the birds healthy and safe from predators — to keep chickens or run an egg business.
The 3rd edition, now with 188,000 copies in print contains new and expanded features:
• "Fowl Disposition" — new chapter on training chickens and understanding their intelligence
• Expanded coverage of hobby farming
• Disease section now includes information on avian influenza and fowl first aid
Storey's Guide to Raising Series is the essential animal husbandry information from the trusted source. With a combined total of 1.7 million copies in print."
►Keeping Chickens: the Essential Guide
by Jeremy Hobson and Celia Lewis
"This is a solid, practical, everything-you-need-to-know guide to keeping chickens for people who are as interested in them as pets as they are in eggs and other poultry produce. It reveals how, as well as being useful, chickens are interesting and colorful characters that can enliven any garden. They become very tame and make good companions. It includes chapters on using feathers and eggs in art and craft projects, as well as delicious egg recipes. It fuses contemporary design, imaginative and appealing images and lively, authoritative text to ensure the widest possible interest."
►Chickens: Tending a Small Scale Flock for Pleasure and Profit
by: Sue Weaver
"Chickens are the perfect hobby farm animal, and Sue Weaver's book Chickens is the perfect primer for anyone contemplating the addition of chickens on their farm, or in their backyard. Sue clearly covers the practical side of small-flock chicken farming-from selecting the right chickens to keeping them happy and healthy, and she delivers the goods with her trademark wit."