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Barter Browns

I recently brought 2 6 week old barter browns, they are so beautiful and so very very friendly we love them so much and very spoilt little girls can't wait for them to start laying their eggs in a couple of months. Planning to add to my little flock very soon :) and they will defiantly be from barter and sons hatchery :):)
Testimonial By: Sam Allen

Meat Chicks

First class service great communication Chicks delivered to Dubbo for pickup all well and safe thank you Barters and Furneys
Testimonial By: joe lihou Cobar NSW 

We love our 5 girls

We have 5 chickens from Barter and Sons from 2 days old. 2 Australorps, a Barter Brown, a Rhode Island Red (RIR) and a Barter Cross. Our favourite is the Barter Brown, she is extremely friendy, she won't leave us alone and loves being held, almost like a dog. The others then get jealous and think they are missing out on something. The Australorps grew much faster than the others and run really fast (like the road runner) and are quite amusing to watch. We have small children and this has been a wonderful experience for them learning how to take care of them and watch them grow. I would recommend a chicken over other animals like rabbits or guinea pigs as they are so much more friendly and entertaining.
Testimonial By: Kristy Cochrane


very happy with the service and friendly people at barter hatchery... we decided to take a mix of barter white and black day olds for a start, we already have quite a few isas at home already.. very happy with the new chicks... doing very well , all healthy and havent lost any... keep up the good work guys.. we will definitely be back for more.. cheers
Testimonial By: jason gorham  nsw 

We love our girls!

I was such a nervous first time chicken-mum but all my questions were patiently and thoroughly answered. I've had my three chicks for a week now and the whole family adores them. They're only 4 weeks old so eggs are a way off yet, but we're enjoying getting to know their funny little personalities. A huge thank you to Barter and Sons - I completely understand why owning chickens can become an obsession!
Testimonial By: Samantha Ireland Central Coast, NSW 

barter blacks

we bought 6 barter blacks, they are good quality layers and love free-ranging. very friendly, top quality chooks.
Testimonial By: Liam

Great Advice

Barter and Sons really know their stuff. With their assistance and advice, in quite a short time my family is now enjoying our own free range chickens producing one egg per day per chicken on average.
Testimonial By: Bill Mcintosh Leura  Bill Mcintosh and Associates


Being brand new to chicken-keeping, we were filled with trepidation. When we went to pick up our three Barter Browns, I had a page full of questions. The staff from Barters were patient, friendly and understanding, and I'm sure would have been happy to spend all day with us answering our questions and making us feel perfectly at ease. It was interesting to observe how caring and affectionate the staff were with the chickens when they caught them to hand over to us. I knew we'd come to the right place to start our new family hobby. It's only day 1, but our three girls have settled right in to their new home, and have already had copious cuddles from the kids. I get the distinct feeling the family's really going to enjoy this new hobby.
Testimonial By: Paul Elderslie NSW 

i love my new rooster

My new rooster rusty is coping very well with my vicious duck hes about 5 or 6 weeks old i love him so much
Testimonial By: caitlin sydney australia ?


When it was normal practise for families to keep hens in the backyard for household eggs, back in the 1950's and 60's, the Australorp was one of the top three breeds, the others being White Leghorn and Rhode Island Red. The Australorp were placid natured, excellent layers and made a clean chicken soup when their productive days were over. We are privileged to have access to the same genetics today that produced these earlier utility birds. Barter & Sons Hatchery have maintained the historical lines of laying fowl, an act of surprising foresight as they were not to know that other breeders would relinquish the old utility lines in favour of commercial hybrids. The Barter traditional laying breeds are akin to the unimproved varieties of vegies that are being preserved by Diggers Seeds and the Seed Saver Network and the heritage fruit cultivars. These are a link to the tried and tested tasty food our forebears produced. I commend the hatchery for maintaining the unique heritage breeding lines of Australorp, Rhode Island Red and White Leghorn and for introducing them to the individuals and families who are committed to real food and the breeds that have a role in producing it. (Webmaster's Note: Meg Miller is regarded as a leader in her field. She is recognised as an industry professional and very knowledgeable in the poultry sector.)
Testimonial By: Meg Miller, Editor -   Grass Roots Magazine & Australasian Poultry Magazine


We're really enjoying having some new chooks (Beatrice, Emily and Sarah) & they're all laying really well - even in this hot weather. The white one can be a bit erratic (we've called her Paris) but she'll probably settle down a lot once she starts laying. Again many thanks & I hope 2009 is a wonderful year for you. Don Burke
Testimonial By: Don Burke,   Burke's Backyard