Yes, even ours were more expensive, and Im ok with that because at the end of the day its alot cheaper than trying to make our girls better if they get sick. We will have to stop at around 40. I dont think we will go that high, but if we did they would still have tons of room and still all be super spoiled lol.Yeah, buying off those websites can be a crap shoot. It's so easy to bring in bad things with live birds that can cause long term grief.
If you do searches for a breed, say Silkie breeders. It should pull up private breeders. Their birds are more expensive but in general they are well cared for, healthy and meet closer to the breed standards.
But if they are to be lawn ornaments you really don't need to go to that expense.
You do need to be careful though so you don't create a problem having too many birds in the space. It seems huge now but it takes very little to tip the balance.
Thank you!!!!Welcome to the forum!