If it harms chickens, we’re against it.
Who doesn’t want to raise chickens? I mean, c’mon, how cool would that be?!! Living off the fat-ta the land! Farm fresh eggs delivered almost literally to your door. Home-grown eggs are healthier and more nutritious than the ones you buy in the grocery store. Plus, chickens are just fun, naturally.
Our selection is nothing to BAWK at! Sorry.
We usually have a variety of chicks available year-round. We stock hens and roosters for eating or fresh eggs. We have Barred Rock, Rhode Island Red, Black Sexlink, Silver and Gold-laced Wyndottes, and Buff Orpington. We have small-sized Bantams in stock.
We carry an exquisite selection of Fancy Bantams that are very pretty, such as Silkies. We have Old English varieties, such as Duckwings and BB Reds. This is not an all-inclusive list. If you want it, request it and we will find it!
Chicks or Pullets available from Wabash throughout the spring season (February-May). Call for availability.
- Ameraucana (easter eggs)
- Silver laced wyandotte
- Black australorp
- Buff orpington
- Rhode Island Red
- Gold sex link
- Assorted bantam breeds
- Assorted crested breeds (polish etc)
- Welsummer (chocolate brown eggs)
- Cuckoo Marans (chocolate brown eggs)
Free eggs for life.
Raising Chickens 101: How to Get Started
So, you’d like to get started raising chickens? Be sure you’re ready to commit! Here’s the first post of a beginner’s guide. Let’s “start from scratch,” so to speak.
There’s a lot to like about raising your own chickens. The eggs are a real temptation—tastier and fresher than any store eggs and better for baking, too. The shells, along with the chicken poop, can be tossed right into the compost pile. Much of the day, the birds entertain themselves, picking at grass, worms, beetles, and all of the good things that go into making those yummy farm eggs.
Remember, though: Nothing good comes easy.
- You’ll need a coop. It has to hold a feeder and water containers and a nest box for every three hens. It should be large enough that you can stand in it to gather eggs and shovel manure.
- Chickens need food (and water) daily. Feed is about $20 per 50-pound bag at my co-op; how long a bag lasts depends on the number of chickens that you have.
- Hens will lay through spring and summer and into the fall, as long as they have 12 to 14 hours of daylight. Expect to collect eggs daily, or even twice a day.
- All year ‘round, you’ll have to shovel manure.
- If you go away, you need a reliable chicken-sitter, and they are scarcer than hens’ teeth.
Something to crow about!
Let’s face it, you either want a rooster or you don’t! There’s no two ways about it. There’s no gray area in this matter. And, nothing we could say here could possibly change your mind.
For those of you who do want a rooster, Wabash has a wide selection of breeds to choose from. Come find the one that’s right for you and your community.
If you don’t want a rooster, come anyway! Wabash is a lot of fun!