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where to buy ckicks

edited July 2009 in "Off Your Chest"
hi,

I was thinking that if the eggs under my broody don't hatch I would like to get her some day old chicks to put under her. does anyone now where in england i can order some from?

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  • mandiemandie Senior Member
    edited May 2009
    hi might help if you put what area of the country your in then someone close by may be able to help:cool:
  • edited May 2009
    oh right, I live in Newark, Nottinghamshire. But I am willing to travel a little bit. I may not be needing them but it would be nice to try, so even if the eggs hatch I may want to get some more chicks :)
  • mandiemandie Senior Member
    edited May 2009
    cool its just best to travel the shortest distance with very young chicks as they chill quickly,i have loads you could buy but im in mid wales which is too far,but good luck with whatever you decide to do;)
  • edited May 2009
    right , thanks :)
  • from field to forkfrom field to fork Senior Member
    edited May 2009
    I think the internet is the answer. You are looking for either a breeder local to you [as Mandie says] or a specialist hatchery.

    When I was starting deciding which chickens to keep, I researched using the internet and found a Sussex breeder about 40 miles away and I now get all my traditional birds from them as day olds. I also rear hybrids which I get from a hatchery about 4 miles away.

    There are one or two companies who will despatch birds to you, often by road. I have tried these and have vowed never to again as the birds can arrive in such poor condition. Find a breeder local to you please.
  • blondeblonde Senior Member
    edited May 2009
    They can also be flown in as day olds, in compartment boxes. Straw or paper is used (paper being better as there are no bugs for the Ag Department to confiscate. Chicks do fine doing this as well. They are huddled together and help to keep each other warm It is also dark in the box so they stay more contented. There are breather holes put in the sides of the boxes as well.
  • mandiemandie Senior Member
    edited May 2009
    blonde wrote:
    They can also be flown in as day olds, in compartment boxes. Straw or paper is used (paper being better as there are no bugs for the Ag Department to confiscate. Chicks do fine doing this as well. They are huddled together and help to keep each other warm It is also dark in the box so they stay more contented. There are breather holes put in the sides of the boxes as well.

    umm i dont think we need to fly chicks around the uk blonde.:eek:
  • edited May 2009
    lol! yeah, well i really don't want to harm the chicks. the postmen are rubbish! the only reason to put 'this way up' is to tell them which way to drop it!
  • from field to forkfrom field to fork Senior Member
    edited May 2009
    lol! yeah, well i really don't want to harm the chicks. the postmen are rubbish! the only reason to put 'this way up' is to tell them which way to drop it!

    Thanks for the chuckle Ansellchickens.

    If flying is the only way then so be it. Like you I would not rely on the post man and, I no longer buy from companies that deliver by road transport [even if it is their own delivery van]. I now only buy from people close enough to pick the birds up myself.
  • edited May 2009
    yeah well i think i'll just keep an eye out for someone selling the breed i want who is local, thanks for the advice!
  • mandiemandie Senior Member
    edited May 2009
    yeah well i think i'll just keep an eye out for someone selling the breed i want who is local, thanks for the advice!

    ummm yeah like i said try and find someone local or buy in hatching eggs,wow flying day old chicks thats a thoughty:D
  • olliedaceyolliedacey Senior Member
    edited July 2009
    im in kings lynn and have chicks most of the time . let me know if you want any i have good breeds and chicks off heat witch is better for you if your traveling far or sort distance .
    i tend to sell my off heat chicks for 2 pound or 3 pound as and when i have them depending on breeds and so on .
  • gowriikavgowriikav Junior Member
    edited July 2009
    sorry buddy, i don't know
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