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Old 03/08/13, 01:33 PM
 
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Tractor Supply chicks

I noticed that Tractor Supply Company is advertising chicks for sale and was wondering if anybody has bought their chicks from there? I am new to chickens and want to get about 6 to start with. I don't know if they have different breeds or not since I haven't stopped in yet. I live near Cincinnati and know there is a local hatchery, would I be better off getting them from the hatchery? Only problem is they have a minimum order of 15 and I'm not sure I want to start with that many
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Old 03/08/13, 01:53 PM
 
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I got mine in April of last year and have been happy with them. Every one of the roosters were agressive so they went into the freezer. I ended up with 6 hens that lay and that is more than we need.
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Old 03/08/13, 02:13 PM
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I bought 6 chicks from TS over a week ago..the minimum is 6 chicks..I bought a mixed of red,black& yellow dont know the names sorry..I bought 8-poulets from TS 4yrs ago have had nothing but good results...Good luck!
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Old 03/08/13, 02:41 PM
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Never seen them for sale at our TS.

What breed(s) do they carry?
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Old 03/08/13, 02:50 PM
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From what I hear, it varies from store to store, and also from day to day. Last week, when they started having them at our local TSC, they had mixed red pullets, Cornish X straight run and ducks. Yesterday, they had even more ducks, some straight run Americanas, and something called Tetra Tints, as well. No idea what that is??? The Cornish X were being discounted to $1 each [they were 1.99 last week].
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Old 03/08/13, 03:23 PM
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I bought some Golden Comets chicks from them last year.... really like them.
Very quiet, easy going hens.
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Old 03/08/13, 04:23 PM
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We have bought chicks there a few times, and all have been healthy layers. Our TS this year had mixed reds, black giants, a few Ameraucanas, cornish x, and buff orpingtons. We love our buffs, and some of our layers will be geriatric by fall, so we bought a dozen replacement buffs. We should have been more diligent. The colors were a little different with some of the chicks. A few were lighter yellow than the others, but we had seen them all taken from the buffs' tank, so we didn't really think about it. Within a week, we noticed that 5 of them were outgrowing the others by leaps and bounds. They were maturing more quickly, too. Fuzzy, yellow feathers were being replaced by very white ones. Then we realized that 5 of our buffs were cornish x birds. I wasn't happy. I have no desire to raise cornish x chickens. Just not my thing. DH went to TS and explained the problem. They were all sold out of buffs, so they gave us 5 reds to replace the wrongly labeled chicks. We had to keep the cornish x birds, but we did at least get some layers. Guess we'll be butchering birds in a couple of months.
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Old 03/08/13, 04:31 PM
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Tractor supply buys the chicks from the large hatcheries, they are able to buy in bulk and sell to you in smaller quantities. The chicks you will get from tractor supply are the same chicks you can get by ordering from the hatchery only you can buy 6 or more at TSC but must order larger minimums from the hatcheries.

I worked for tractor supply for 2 years, and have bought chicks from them as well...chicks are exactly the same as my other chickens, no better, no worse.
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Old 03/08/13, 08:10 PM
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The one here gets theirs from mt healthy hatchery.

I got a couple tetra tints two years ago. I really really like them. I wish I could find them again. They are white with red heads. they lay a large/jumbo cream colored egg.
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Old 03/08/13, 09:36 PM
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I picked up 6 chicks. They where listed as hens and egg layers. I hope that's what I end up with
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Old 03/08/13, 11:11 PM
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My gut reply is to say "don't worry about it". Our TSC-like store gets theirs from the same small hatchery that we buy direct from--which also buys eggs from local breeders, large and small. If it were me, I would buy from anyone so long as the chick looked healthy and the price were right.
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Old 03/09/13, 07:07 AM
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I'm a die-hard Buckeye chicken person, but just last evening I purchased 6 red, sex linked pullets at TSC. It was a weak moment and they were too hard to pass up.
They appear healthy and robust and are chirping and eating well this morning.
As has been mentioned, they came from Mt. Healthy hatchery in Ohio.

I don't know what to expect with this hybrid chicken, but supposedly the egg production is outstanding so time will tell. I'm confident they are pullets due to their coloration as chicks. We'll see...

Certainly things can go wrong, but I have to say the chicks and ducklings I've seen at TSC have been good quality birds for hatchery stoc
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We got our first 6 there last spring--2 Leghorns, 2 red sex-links, and 2 straight-run Ameracaunas (actually Easter Eggers, not Ameracaunas). They grew quite well and were healthy, and we still have 5 (one Ameracauna turned out to be a rooster who had to be slaughtered). If you're just getting started, getting some basic breeds from TSC is not the worst way to go, and you can start with just a few that way. Just don't expect the specific breed chickens to be the best example of their breeds . . .
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Old 03/09/13, 09:06 PM
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Stopped at the local tractor supply for BOSS for the wild birds and they had chicks in stock. Couldn't pass up the $1 cornish x's and 3 red sex links. I'll let you know what I think in a few months.
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Old 03/09/13, 11:18 PM
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I've got some TSC chicks. I got 6 light brahmas and 3 Peking ducklings a while ago. They are in a brooder in our fireplace room. Then this week I got 8 Partridge Rocks and 4 white leghorn chicks from them, no hesitation. The ducks it is best to hold off on until they have been there a while. It's a risk, but if you can wait and get the older "less cute" ducklings that have been there a while, they will be stronger and less likely to die.
I've been raising chickens for a long, long time, and have often bought from feed stores as well as local breeders. I've always had great luck with feedstore chicks.
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Old 03/10/13, 08:07 AM
 
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Go on a Sunday before they close. They discount what they have because they'll be getting more in Monday and nobody wants the week old chicks cause they start to loose the cuteness. Me, I like the fact I don't have to feed them the extra week
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Old 03/10/13, 12:16 PM
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I'd also add- I was talking to the guy picking out the chicks for me the other day, asking him if the leghorns were the production ones for big poultry farms, or the older variety, and he said that TSC tries very hard to always get the more rare, heritage breeds to encourage people to raise the old fashioned breeds. I thought that was awesome.
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Old 03/10/13, 01:08 PM
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For what it's worth...I went to the Mt Healthy web site and couldn't find the red sex-linked chicks that I purchased. I decided to call the hatchery and ask them about this.
Their answer to me was the red sex-linked chicks that come from their hatchery are Golden Comets.
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Old 03/10/13, 07:40 PM
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Golden comets are red sex links are red stars ect.
Though they only advertise pekins and mallards on their site, I picked a Swedish marked and what looks like a blue fawn duckling out of the lot of mallards they had. Sort of odd.
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Old 03/11/13, 09:55 AM
 
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I went ahead and picked up six chicks this weekend. 2 Barred Rocks, 2 Rhode Island Reds and 2 Bantam Silkies. They gave half off the Rocks and Reds because they have had them too long, I guess they only like to have them a week or so. All are starting to get feathers already. They buy them from Mt Healthy Hatchery and the girl who was working there was very knowledgeable about all of the breeds they had. Hoping that we don't get any roosters. Now I need to get the old coop that came with the property I bought cleaned up and ready for when they are moved out there.
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