So, chicken fever has hit hard and you want to expand your flock?
Every chicken keeper gets to this point, because chickens are just like potato chips, once you start you just can’t stop! The hard part comes when you need to decide, are you going to get a batch of fresh baby chicks, or more mature started pullets? Which is best for you?
When adding to a flock of laying hens, you have two choices:
Chicks or Pullets?
Will you start from scratch with some tiny adorable chicks, or will you take on the task of integrating a couple of pullets into your existing flock?
This is a tough decision and both options come with their benefits and drawbacks. Chicks require special supplies, a separate space, and a lot of tender loving care for the first 6 weeks. Started pullets need to be carefully integrated to avoid illness and bullying.
Started pullets give you the great option of getting eggs right away, but then again what could be more fun than raising a batch of adorable chicks?!
The choice really depends on your setup and your own personal preferences, but before you make that decision, educate yourself!
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