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Buying Chickens If you are starting to keep chickens for the first time there are basically 4 options. 1. POL Hybrids (medium sized) 2. Young pure bred birds (large, medium and bantam) 3. Day old chicks 4. Hatching eggs POL Hybrids - these are chickens bred for laying lots of medium to large supermarket coloured eggs.  They are available all year around though most demand is from March through to October.  POL, or Point of Lay, means they are just about to or have just started laying their first eggs, this occurs 19-21 weeks depending on the breed.  They come in one size but in a variety of different coloured plumage our POL Hybrid page has pictures of those that we can supply.  They are bred commercially, are fully vaccinated, very easy to keep and quite friendly.  They will provide eggs all year around. Young Pure Bred Birds - these are bred by us in our breeding, hatching and rearing facility.  They come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes and plumage.  They range in size to suit all housing arrangements, the smaller ones are called bantams and they comprise many of our breeds.  Bantams are more docile generally than Hybrids, they lay smaller eggs, you can keep more in the same space than hybrids and will often be more seasonal in their laying, opting for a rest over the winter preiod.  Most of these are purchased at the 6-8 week old stage when they have been outside for at least a couple of weeks to get them used to the UK weather  we can however grow these birds on for you to POL if you prefer.  These are available from April to October generally.  Many families with young children opt to keep bantams due to their more gentle nature.  To see our range of pure breeds see our Pure Breeds page. Day Old Chicks - Many families and poultry fanciers opt for Day Olds.  These will require special facilities to rear as they need to be kept warm and inside for 5-6 weeks while they grow their first feathers and can cope with the outside temperatures.  Regular handling of day old chicks will make them even more used to people and will make for very friendly adults.  We can provide advice and equipment to buy or rent to rear chicks.  Many breeds cannot be sexed at day old, so a few are required to ensure you get some girls as remember 50% are likely to be boys.  We can take back any boys that were purchased from us as day old chicks. Hatching Eggs - these are fertile eggs that need a broody hen or an incubator to hatch - often a chosen route for the more experienced poultry keeper. I hope this has given you some idea as to where you may want to start. If you want Pure Breeds from our range we would recommend bantams for smaller spaces.  For example Plymouth rock, Cuckoo Marans and Booted Bantams are very quiet, docile and easy to keep birds.  If you want a more active inquisitive bird - try a Friesian. If you want to save a rare breed - how about Speckled Sussex, Cream Legbar, Welbar or Friesians. For Blue or very dark brown eggs - Cream Legbar and Marans may be for you. For very very small bantams - how about Seramas. If you fancy rearing day old chicks, remember Cream Legbar, Marock and Welbar can be purchased as girls, the rest as unsexed. If you fancy showing some birds - why not keep Booted Bantams - Jane is Treasurer of the Booted Bantam Society UK and as such is quite an authority on them and Jeff is on the committee for the Autosexing Breeds Association.
Buyers Guide
Chartley Chucks
Buying Chickens If you are starting to keep chickens for the first time there are basically 4 options. 1. POL Hybrids (medium sized) 2. Young pure bred birds (large, medium and bantam) 3. Day old chicks 4. Hatching eggs POL Hybrids - these are chickens bred for laying lots of medium to large supermarket coloured eggs.  They are available all year around though most demand is from March through to October.  POL, or Point of Lay, means they are just about to or have just started laying their first eggs, this occurs 19-21 weeks depending on the breed.  They come in one size but in a variety of different coloured plumage our POL Hybrid page has pictures of those that we can supply.  They are bred commercially, are fully vaccinated, very easy to keep and quite friendly.  They will provide eggs all year around. Young Pure Bred Birds - these are bred by us in our breeding, hatching and rearing facility.  They come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes and plumage.  They range in size to suit all housing arrangements, the smaller ones are called bantams and they comprise many of our breeds.  Bantams are more docile generally than Hybrids, they lay smaller eggs, you can keep more in the same space than hybrids and will often be more seasonal in their laying, opting for a rest over the winter preiod.  Most of these are purchased at the 6-8 week old stage when they have been outside for at least a couple of weeks to get them used to the UK weather  we can however grow these birds on for you to POL if you prefer.  These are available from April to October generally.  Many families with young children opt to keep bantams due to their more gentle nature.  To see our range of pure breeds see our Pure Breeds page. Day Old Chicks - Many families and poultry fanciers opt for Day Olds.  These will require special facilities to rear as they need to be kept warm and inside for 5-6 weeks while they grow their first feathers and can cope with the outside temperatures.  Regular handling of day old chicks will make them even more used to people and will make for very friendly adults.  We can provide advice and equipment to buy or rent to rear chicks.  Many breeds cannot be sexed at day old, so a few are required to ensure you get some girls as remember 50% are likely to be boys.  We can take back any boys that were purchased from us as day old chicks. Hatching Eggs - these are fertile eggs that need a broody hen or an incubator to hatch - often a chosen route for the more experienced poultry keeper. I hope this has given you some idea as to where you may want to start. If you want Pure Breeds from our range we would recommend bantams for smaller spaces.  For example Plymouth rock, Cuckoo Marans and Booted Bantams are very quiet, docile and easy to keep birds.  If you want a more active inquisitive bird - try a Friesian. If you want to save a rare breed - how about Speckled Sussex, Cream Legbar, Welbar or Friesians. For Blue or very dark brown eggs - Cream Legbar and Marans may be for you. For very very small bantams - how about Seramas. If you fancy rearing day old chicks, remember Cream Legbar, Marock and Welbar can be purchased as girls, the rest as unsexed. If you fancy showing some birds - why not keep Booted Bantams - Jane is Treasurer of the Booted Bantam Society UK and as such is quite an authority on them and Jeff is on the committee for the Autosexing Breeds Association.
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