Also, when purchasing baby chicks, or chickens anywhere look for any bloody or loose droppings in the coop area, (poop chart graphic) this is a sign of very sick poultry. A healthy chick or pullet is curious, active, has bright eyes and generally scratching for food. They should look lively and be energetic. If chickens seem to droop wings, have over fluffed feathers, and its hanging its head down or standing in the corner of the coop, this is not a healthy chicken. (during cold weather some chickens do fluff feathers this is normal) We do not take chances on our poultry's health and the care we give our chickens
Remember you get what you pay for. You are getting your eggs from these chickens. Do you buy sour milk, or spoiled meat or even stale bread because its a "bargain" of course not. Be sure to shop for the BEST quality poultry like you do your other food. So BEWARE! of purchasing $10 bargain chickens. "bargain chickens" May not be your best choice! A quality chicken seller or breeder provides excellent care for the poultry and asks fair pricing based on age, breed and size of chickens. Ask the seller for guarantees in writing.
Blue Star Ranch GUARANTEES pullets (girl chicks) are available for sale. So do be cautious of some backyard dealers and feed stores, as they may knowingly sell you rooster chicks, in place of pullets.
Many stores use chickens to lure you into the store in order to purchase more things. Also, the quality of care that chickens at feed stores receive from employees will not be the same care given to them at a farm like Blue Star Ranch
Eggs from healthy, well fed chickens should be dark orange, What your chickens eat not only effects their health, but your diet too as you eat the eggs. Feed your chickens well.
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When You Purchase Chickens
Most hens will lay about five eggs a week for a solid three years or more. (depending on breed of chicken) And then slowly decrease a few eggs per week for the next several years. This means your family will get fresh healthy eggs when ever you want them. (depending on how you raise your chickens)
Remember, most hens will lay about five eggs a week for a solid three years or more. (depending on breed of chicken) And then slowly decrease a few eggs per week for the next several years. This means your family will get fresh healthy eggs when ever you want them. (depending on how you raise your chickens)
So most hens can lay about 5 eggs a week (on average) for 3 years! this adds up to about 65 DOZEN EGGS
Costs Of Growing Chickens
The prices of feed, medicines and supplies keep going up and up even higher still..... Some sellers breed and sell chickens as a "cheap deal" for $10 or $15 a full sized hen. That seller is really losing money, Many of these "backyard breeders" are putting themselves out of business by not adding up the real costs of raising chickens! Those sellers are here today and gone tomorrow! Also, Some chicken owners want to sell chickens "fast" at a bargain deal.. (beware of these sellers too because they are selling their poultry cheap for a reason!)
So if there are "profits" its made in micro pennies, this is why MOST sellers that sell hens at $10-$15 are losing well, about $8.00 -$10.00 for each chicken they sell....Sometimes other sellers can reduce the care they give chickens to save money. Many sellers do not consider these high costs, nor working 7 days a week in cold rainy or hot weather conditions to make a few pennies. Blue Star Ranch DOES NOT cut corners when raising quality chickens!
A chicken can grow fast and eat nearly 100 pounds of feed by the time she starts laying eggs. Its costly to feed a chicken for 6 to 8 months and provide labor and medical care too. Our prices reflect these costs.
If you grow out your OWN chickens from a chick, your costs can be actually more then the prices of our full sized hens!
There is a HUGE demand for chickens and Blue Star expects to have a waiting list this year for poultry. Prices on feed, supplies, medication, utilities plus labor are all still increasing. We are the LEADER of quality poultry in Texas. You have many ages of chickens to select.
You may purchase different age chickens
Ask your friends to share a ride to Blue Star to save gas. For the safety and well being of our chickens we do not ship poultry.
Ask your friends/family to purchase chickens when you do and SAVE $5 per chicken! (on orders less than 10 per order)
If YOU drive your own chickens home they will arrive safer and healthier than being transported by mail or airlines for several days. No shipping or postage fees!