Thank you, have been to the mypetchicken site, love it!! Waiting to place orders for chicks. (not ready yet) I talked to a local woman today, she has two black bantam hens 12 weeks. I pick them up on Tuesday. I do have a few local places to check out for babies, online seems cheaper. I still want to know where you get your chicks, word of mouth is always best!!
I got mine from a hatchery that brings their baby chicks to a local farm store for "Chick Days". I wasn't interested in bantams though so I don't even know if they had any. I specifically wanted Ameracaunas and Welsummers (which he had) and then picked one Black Star to round out to 6 babies.
Craig's List. I found, several, of my birds from there and I know of local show breeders (in my area) that post birds that are not show quality there. They are still, amazing, birds but maybe the back is too long or they carry their wings a bit too low. Things that only a show person would notice but someone just wanting a pet could care less about.
Thank you, keep them coming. The fair has come and gone, so I missed that, but love that option. Love the CL idea, that was the first place I checked. After several phone calls, I did find a lady who has a Huge chicken farm and Bantams, plan to visit next week, she is 2 hrs away...Roadtrip! I do plan to get chicks in the spring. I think looking up the local 4H, I might be able to meet some chicken farmers. I also plan to see if any chicken shows are coming here. And ask.com gave me the best results for internet search.
I like the idea of staying local. I called the local 4H and my state university. They have a class coming up on backyard chickens and winter in Idaho. $20 gets you a book, tips on the winter and chickens, and a meet and greet with local author. The university also had some great resources under agriculture. including poisonous plants. I scoured CL, but it is end of Labor Day here in Idaho and everyone except me is out in the mountains soaking up the last of the good weather and chicken season is over here. I am also going to try to get involved with chicken permits and the law. Turns out there are several people in my town that are trying to change the permit rules. Article read in local paper. I think going to class will be my best option. Thank you everyone for helping me down chicken road.
Feed stores are awesome, ours is huge. But it is the only one. My local feed store was cleaned out, just had sale for end of chicken season sale. I did not see a board or anything about local stuff. It looked for a ghost town in there except for the cute little buck who came out of nowhere to and carried my feed out. Another reason feed stores are fun! Cowboys go to feed stores!!