Mike: Much depends on the breed. This time of year, it's next to impossible to find a solid, young, healthy laying hen. Us breeders work all year for this time of year, raising our chicks and pullets so that they are laying like crazy right now. And, a good hen, known breed, young and not spent...and healthy, is worth a lot of money to a breeder or a person who sells eggs. As chickens are fast to mature, you are best off getting a few chicks of a known breed and raising them for 24-28 weeks so you have your own young, healthy, laying hens soon.
Check out my facebook page at www.facebook.com/whistlingchicken and you will see several different breeds that are nice, heavy breed chickens and good layers. I also raise hatchling chicks to 4-6 weeks old for folks who don't want to have to set up a brooder. Feel free to call or text me at 859-322-9198 for info.
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