Tractor Supply Animal Swap
Mark finally talked me into
the unthinkable --- picking up a few more laying hens. Our seven
layers were barely
giving us enough for our morning omelet plus a pan of brownies now
and then. But where do you find good, point-of-lay pullets?
I have to admit, I wasn't
expecting much. We live out in the boondocks, and even the "big
city" with the closest Tractor Supply has only 48,000 people. And
yet, our Animal Swap had perhaps a dozen enthusiasts selling everything
from sheep and goats to rabbits, ducks, turkeys, homing pigeons, and, of course, lots
of chickens. (As a side note, despite the name, the Animal Swap
is really a sales location, so bring cash.)
There were lots of very
knowledgeable folks present, and I learned how to sex a silky.
(Look for the red knob above the nose, which is the male's version of a
rooster's comb. The silkie pictured above is a girl.) I almost came home with a
couple of silkies too, but Mark talked me out of it. Maybe in the
Our chicken waterer made it easy to rehydrate our new hens after their harrowing journey, and they started laying that very afternoon.
Want to be notified when new comments are posted on this page? Click on the RSS button after you add a comment to subscribe to the comment feed.