Where can I buy chicks or chickens?
When you are buying chicks, avoid unknown sources as the chicks may not have been vaccinated. McMurray’s Hatchery, Fenton Feed Mill, O.K. Hatchery Feed & Garden Store (Kirkwood), and The Chicken Whispers are good options for St. Louis region residents. If you would like to try raising chickens before making a commitment to getting a flock of your own, The Easy Chicken provides coops and chickens for rent. Most reputable breeders ensure that their chickens have been vaccinated against common avian syndromes (Marek’s disease, Newcastle disease, and infectious bronchitis). When raising chickens from chicks, it is the choice of the owner whether or not to vaccinate chicks to prevent diseases. There are many avian vets in the St. Louis area who you can go to when your chicken falls ill.