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How to Buy Chickens

When buying chickens, keep these tips in mind to make sure you end up with healthy birds.


  • Step 1: Choose a breed Choose a chicken breed that meets your needs.
  • TIP: Keep in mind cold weather tolerance, chick-rearing characteristics, egg color, breed personality, and rate of egg-laying.
  • Step 2: Check the eyes Look for a bird with bright eyes, free of discharge.
  • Step 3: Check the beak Make sure the bird's beak is neither twisted nor overgrown.
  • Step 4: Check the nostrils Check the bird's nostrils for any sign of discharge. Discharge is a sign of illness.
  • Step 5: Check the crop Feel the bird's crop. If it is empty in mid-day, the bird may not be eating.
  • Step 6: Check the feathers Check the feathers for lice. The feathers should be smooth, soft, and shiny.
  • TIP: Birds may molt, or lose their feathers, once a year. The feathers grow back.
  • Step 7: Check the vent Make sure the bird's vent is clean, pink, and smooth.
  • Step 8: Check the legs Check that the bird's legs are smooth and free of raised scales.
  • Step 9: Check the weight Make sure the bird has a healthy weight. Then collect your chickens and head back to the farm.
  • FACT: There are approximately 200 breeds of chicken around the world.

You Will Need

  • Eye for healthy attributes
  • Money

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