If you live in Kentucky and you want to add to or start your own flock of backyard chickens, you need a farm or hatchery in Kentucky selling baby chicks.
This isn’t always easy, chick sellers are not the best at advertising! I always find it hard helping someone find a local seller.
I’ve done my best to find all the hatcheries and groups in this area to help you out. I’ve also listed some online hatcheries to help out if there isn’t anywhere you’re able to get to in person.
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Chicken Hatchery Kentucky Listing
Address - Richmond, KY
Phone - 859-893-1318
Contact - NA
Website - http://henshaven.simplesite.com/
I couldn’t find a lot of hatcheries with chicks for sale in Kentucky. Don’t despair though, you can easily order chicks online. The only downside is that you won’t be able to visit them in person.
A couple of sites with great reputations are:
Strombergs Chickens - Strombergs Chickens has a huge list of all kinds of birds for sale at various ages. This is often a go-to place for people looking for specific breeds. I haven’t used them, but people who I spoke to said the service was excellent.
Cackle Hatchery - Cackle Hatchery is a site I have used, and I’m happy to recommend them. They also have a long list of breeds and birds to choose from. You can even choose by the color of the egg you want if that’s your goal.
You could also try local listings and community groups if you’re happy to buy from another backyard chicken keeper:
Kentucky Chickens For Sale Facebook Group - This group is pretty active. It’s a great place to meet other chicken owners, request chicks, and buy and sell poultry.
What Does NPIP Mean When Buying Chicks?
NPIP stands for the National Poultry Improvement Plan. The benefit of buying from a business over another chick owners from the classifieds is that most breeders are NPIP certified.
This means they’ve opted in to do additional testing of their flock to ensure they are free from disease. It’s an extra guarantee that you’re buying healthy chickens that have been properly hatched and cared for.
Or at least it should be. You can never be 100% when buying live animals that they will be completely healthy. All you can do is find a reputable NPIP certified breeder and check the chicks before taking them home.
Preparing for New Chicks!
Chicks are easy to care for and loads of fun. Here are some of the basic things to cover so you’re prepared, just in case you were about to forget anything:
Food - You can’t have chicks coming home without food waiting for them. Pick up some starter feed, they’ll be eating this for the first 8 weeks or so.
Heat - They need to be kept warm until they grow some decent feathers. You’ll need to create a space around 90-95 degrees warm, dropping the temp weekly for a few weeks until they’re ready.
Water - It goes without saying, fresh drinking water should be available at all times. Keep an eye on them and make sure they drink plenty, it’s vital to their health and development.
Space - Set up a nice enclosure with plenty of space. They will often end up huddling together, but they also need space available to roam when they want to.
Observation - New chicks are super easy to look after, all you need to do is care for them. You won’t need a nudge to water over them, it’s hard not to keep checking on the cute little fluffy creatures!