This spring, consider adopting chickens instead of buying them.
You save a life. Like dogs and cats, too many chickens come into shelters and too few people consider adoption when looking for a chicken.
It’s a way to fight hatcheries. Almost all eggs and chicks come from hatcheries, and they are no better than puppy mills. In fact they are even worse because they kill the boys just after hatching. So actually you save 2 lives when you adopt a hen!
It’s much easier. By adopting an adult chicken, you are skipping the time consuming and messy job of raising a chick. With an adult chicken, you also know the gender. No surprise rooster, nor the agony of deciding what to do with him!
Here are more details about chicken adoption: https://www.clorofil.org/adopt.