Hi! I am from Rhode Island and will be keeping chickens for the first time this year. Or ducks.....still not sure! Before I do anything I need to decide ducks or chickens and get all the supplies needed to keep them happy and healthy. But....where should I acquire them? I have many online friends from another pet forum who have kept chickens in the past and have highly reccommended a certain hatchery. And I read somewhere that quarantining new chickens is not always neccessary with hatchery stock. Plus they have Black Australorps, and I really like that breed. Then there is craigslist, which I can run the gamut between being really good and really awful. There is also a breeder less than 10 miles away from me. He raises Rhode Island Reds, Wyandottes and Buckeyes. I just want a small 4-6 bird flock, for eggs and pets. Where have you gotten your birds from, and where will you go in the future?