Your local feed store is a great place to start but not always do they have the breed you are looking for. A customer turned us onto Cackle Hatchery. The chicks that arrived were healthy and in good shape. Lots of good info on their website. https://www.cacklehatchery.com/
Many of my customers already have chickens and either they want a new place for them to call home, or they caught the disease of the joys of raising chickens and have already purchased more chicks then their coop can handle. But if you are new to this world and want chickens for eggs, this is a good article that will help you decide how many will work to meet your needs. https://morningchores.com/how-many-chickens-to-raise-for-eggs/
Much of this is depended on whether you plan to free range your chickens or not and the size of your chickens. If you plan to free range in the daytime, then your coop run doesn't need to be as large. It is all about what make your hens happy. Here is an article with some good tips that you should think about when determining the size of your coop and run as well as other useful information. How Much Space Do Chickens Need? In Coop, Run, Nesting Box (chickenjournal.com)
I am asked often by new chicken owners how best to handle the chickens in a safe manner for themselves and children. Here is an article about 7 Safety Practices for Handling Backyard Chickens that you may find useful. https://www.grit.com/animals/poultry/7-safety-practices-for-handling-backyard-chickens-zb0z1907
Once you start having chickens, you never go back... :-) Adding more is the norm which is why we recommend that our customers coop have the room for them to increase their flock. The Chicken Chick posted a great article on how to integrate new comers. https://the-chicken-chick.com/integrating-new-flock-members-playpen/?fbclid=IwAR2zVLVUheppaPYho5PW14ToNJr_FVVNlYFUlp4_Dh0gn_P7A_Ixynzq8YA
Here is a great site that talks about taking care of baby chicks. Baby Chick Care | Townline Hatchery
Here is a great site that talks about the benefits of having a catio. Why you should build a catio for your cat - BC SPCA
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