There is a message board at the local feed store where folk advertise their unwanted stock or equipment and last month I saw a card offering, among other things, a flock of 8 Light Sussex hens plus rooster. The guy wanted £20 for them which is really cheap these days.
I called him there and then and met him the following day. It turns out his father had recently passed away and these birds were his hobby. He had all sorts from bantams to geese and had obviously spent years getting his bloodlines just so.
I was the first punter so had pick of the crop and bought this little flock home. They are beautiful strong birds and will be the basis of our future meat stock.
We have a pile of their eggs in the incubator already and I’m looking forward to them hatching in a couple of weeks.
I love feathered retail therapy!