At RiverSong Farm, we raise free-range chickens for meat and eggs. We have hundreds of hens on hand year round, meat chickens a few times a year, and usually have chicks in the spring and fall. We believe in giving our chickens a full life, and strive to keep them happy. We raise them all on pasture from day one, and never feed them antibiotics, medications, or other bad stuff.
We regularly sell chicks, adult chickens, and every age between. Many small flocks in Louisville and surrounding areas owe their start to our chickens. We also cater to people that want to buy live chickens for home processing, and even teach people how to clean their own chickens.
We are not chicken-traders. Be careful when you see low priced chickens on craigslist, flea markets, or at small animal markets. Those chickens are often raised conventionally in cages or on the floor in closed houses. They have probably been eating a chemical laden feed to keep illness at bay. At RiverSong Farm, we raise all of our own chickens, and we raise them according to our standards of humane treatment, and having a drug free, happy life.
If you’re looking to buy chickens in Louisville or nearby in Kentucky, come see us at RiverSong Farm. Below, you’ll see how we like to handle live chicken sales.
- Call us at least a day in advance. All of our chickens are free-range. Catching them on the run is difficult to do, and not good for their stress levels or ours. With 24 hour notice, I can set them aside at night, when they are very docile. Then, they are close to hand when you arrive.
- If you are not going to make your appointment, let me know as soon as possible. This allows me to get the chickens back out on the range, and lets me get back to other projects. If you miss an appointment with no notice, I will be very unlikely to allow a second attempt.
- On our first call, let me know your goals for the chickens. This may help me suggest the right breed, age and number of chickens for you. We generally have Rhode Island Reds, Buff Orpingtons, Cornish-X, Ameraucanas, and Barred Rocks.
- Have a crate or cardboard box to carry your chickens home. A full sized hen is a bit larger than a volleyball, while full sized roosters are about basketball sized. Day old chicks are about 2 per handful. Finally, we have old feed sacks that can be used as a temporary transport for a few mature chickens at a time.
- Prices on live chickens are based on the amount of work we have in them.
- Unsexed chicks are $1.50 on day one. Price goes up by $0.62 per week.
- Freshly laying hens at 22 weeks old are $15.
- Year old hens are $8.
- Older are $6.
- Roosters are based on size/weight and generally run between $6 and $10 each.
- Make sure you’ve got feed and water at home. When you get the chickens home, you’ll need to make sure you’ve got feed. I always have their feed on hand, and you can probably buy a bag from me if needed. Either way, ask what they are eating so you can be sure you’ve got something equivalent at home.
- If introducing them to an existing flock at home, do so at night. When your existing flock settles down for the night, add the new birds to the flock. That gives them several hours over night, while they are calm to get acclimated to each other. There will still be some fighting the next day, but much less than a day-time introduction.
- Feel free to call with follow up questions. There are always things we forget to cover. Don’t hesitate to call back with questions.
- Spread the word. The single best thing you can do to help us and our farm, is to tell other people how much you like us.