If you've been thinking about getting backyard chickens, but you don't know where to start, we've created a comprehensive guide for you! Also, if you need to know how to raise backyard chickens, we wrote a post all about that! Check it out here!
The Best Places to Buy Chickens
Hatcheries have been around forever. You can buy chickens from a hatchery and they will mail them to you via USPS. They are highly reputable and they offer chicken sexing, which means you can order males or females. However, it's best to research hatcheries before buying so you know which ones have the breeds, the pricing and the biosecurity you're looking for.
If you're looking for a certain breed, then breeders are the way to go. Many breeders are breed-specific or breed-focused which means whatever breed they specialize in, they focus on genetics and will make sure you're getting the best of the best. Breeders are also very knowledgable and can give you a lot of information on chickens and how to raise them.
Swap meets are similar to farmers markets. Locals in your area will go there to buy and sell poultry and poultry supplies. It's a great place to network with others as well.
Check out your local supply stores like Tractor Supply or Rural King. They always have chickens for sale and all of the supplies you need to raise those chickens!
People in Your Area
If you know of anyone that regularly breeds chickens, contact them and see if they have the breed you're looking for. If you aren't looking for a certain breed, then you can do your part by shopping local and supporting small businesses!
You can always check Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist for chickens for sale near you! However, it's against Facebook policy to sell animals on that platform, but it's a great place to connect with people that might be selling or breeding chickens!