Spring is coming and some of us have our sights on poultry.
One can get carried away with their chicken desires. Pretty pretty birdies. . . .
You need to take a good look at the birds you are eyeing. Right now, you really ought to think about a breeding stock that fits your needs, be it egg or meat. You can get some amazing birds that fit that criteria.
Next look at how well they breed. Some birds will be listed at only a 55% hatching rate. Not good for your long term needs. You want them to set or be good mothers. If however you are dead set on a low breeding or non setting bird, get a bantam. They will hatch out anything.
Price is of course important. Look at the values your company has, do they support the same bird related cause or farm causes you do (NAIS comes to mind)
Carefully read the descriptions of the birds you want and match them up with what you want to do, how you want to raise them and how you want to dress them out.
As to where you should buy them, local is best. However Kansas has limited supply of hatcheries, and I am picky about my birds (I tend to get birds that are critically endangered)
I suggest McMurray Hatchery (oh stop it, they are a family company and just because they are a large corp, does not mean I will stay away from them)
I also recommend that you get them vaccinated at the hatchery.
Now that you have your orders straight in your head, go ahead and order one or two of those pretty birds. I always do.