I swap out chickens every year from my backyard flock. Some of the older birds or ones that are not performing as well as I hoped go to the freezer. They are replaced by new chicks.
Getting the perfect mix of chicks for my flock requires me to order from hatcheries online. I have some personal favorite breeds that are almost impossible to find at the local ranch store. I usually try to order the week after my employer’s conference in January. This year I sustained an injury and have had troubles with keyboarding, so did not get online and make put together my order.
I just checked online at my favorite hatchery that allows me to pick my order one chick at a time, though I usually go with two or three, and stocks all my hard to find favorites. I am too late. I wanted my chicks to be shipped for a March arrival. My choices were sold out until June and July. I am too late.
On to Plan B. It means I will settle for favorites that I find this year at the ranch supply. I will be watching for the announcement of Chick Days. You can bet I will be at the first or second one they have. I have already lost out once, I am not going to do it again. You snooze — you loose.