Buying chickens in the UK and USA

» Posted by on Jun 4, 2011 in Chicken | 0 comments

If you want to buy a chicken (or some chickens) then the best idea that I can think of is to have a quick look around your local area and try to find a farm, local breeders or just someone who has just hatched a few chicks. One good way to find someone local I have found is through Facebook groups – often you can find a chickens or homesteading / smallholding group for your area on facebook, post there (or read posts of others who are offering chickens) and get in touch that way. Many of the breeders in these local groups already know each other and are happy to recommend breeders even if they can’t help themselves. If you already have a particular breed in mind then you may be able to find local groups for that particular breed on facebook as well. There are often national clubs for many of the most popular breeds that would also have a list of registered members and might be able to put you in touch with a breeder in your vicinity.


A pet or feed store is another source for newly hatched chicks and often the manager there can order in particular ones if you have a preference. Be aware when buying chicks from stores :

  • Unless otherwise specified they might be ‘straight run’ which means boys and girls roughly 50/50.
  • If somebody who is good at telling the males from the females gets there before you that 50/50 chance of getting girls goes down considerably.
  • Female chicks are called ‘pullets’. If you are not allowed (or do not want) roosters you will need to only get pullets
  • There is a small room for error when sexing the chicks even when done professionally so there is still a chance that you may get a boy even if you only choose pullets.
  • Some stores will sell ‘americaunas’ but very often these are not true Americaunas but instead a cross breed known generically as ‘Easter Eggers’ (I still like these though – potentially a variety of different shades of pastel pinks, greens and blues in your egg box 🙂 )

Remember, if you’re new to raising chickens then don’t forget to study our guides on starting with chickens and building or sourcing a hen hutch.


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