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day old chicks
Minimum of 6 chicks
Option of Marek’s Vaccine (additional $10 per order)
sold as straight run (except for Bielefelders and Legbars)
WE NO LONGER SELL STARTED PULLETS OR GROWN BIRDS.
Most breeds are sold as straight run. This means a mix of males and females. If you must have 100% reliable sexing, purchase one of our auto-sexing breeds (Bielefelder, Legbar). Autosexing means that these chicks can be identified as female or male at hatch by their unique colors. These are purebred chicks, NOT a sexlink cross. Sexlink hens do not breed true in the next generation. The auto-sexing trait persists in every generation with these breeds.
When ordering chicks from a breed that is BLUE (Blue Birchen Marans) we try to give you a variety of colors (blue, black, and splash. There is no guarantee of colors, but we maintain our pens to produce all 3 in every hatch.
We ship day-old chicks in a Horizon chick box. We pack them with a heat pack if needed. A heat pack can be added for an additional charge. Shipping is via USPS Priority Express. Birds usually arrive within 24 hours, but in some areas it takes them 48 hours. Post-Office pick up is required for our live arrival guarantee. We have not had many problems with shipping, but the birds can get stressed. Our guarantee is that you receive the number of birds you paid for when you pick them up. We often include extras when shipping day-old chicks.
Chicks do best when raised with others. We require a minimum of 6 chicks. If the temperatures are low, additional chicks will be added to keep your chicks safe in shipping. The extra chicks may be more of what you ordered, or the males of the autosexing breeds. These extra chicks will be marked with leg bands, and can be given away after arrival.
WE DO NOT routinely sell older roosters or hens. Our autosexing breed cockerels are sent to a local farm to be humanely raised for their intended purpose- feeding the local community.
We do not sell hatching eggs. We have been disappointed, having been on both the sending and receiving side of this, despite excellent handling of the eggs. Our hens work hard producing fertile eggs, and we like to see them successfully hatched!
No, there is no "volume discount". While we always appreciate big orders, we price our chicks as reasonably as we feel we can. A lot of work and cost goes into maintaining our breeds to our standards. If we have an excellent hatch, extra chicks are included with your order.
LOCAL PICK UP is an option. Locals, order through the website. Pick up is in Blacksburg, Virginia on WEEKDAYS ONLY. I will contact you to arrange this. Once you pick up, part of the shipping charge is refunded.
We do not allow farm tours. We take excellent pictures of our breeding stock and are happy to share these with you! Unfortunately, we cannot allow visitors near the breeding pens. Our farm is part of the National Poultry Improvement Project (NPIP 52-351), and as such, maintains strict biosecurity standards.
Why not just buy from a hatchery? Why wait and pay more? Because it matters! I stopped buying eggs from the store because not only are they a very poor substitute for a REAL fresh egg, they cause undue suffering to the laying hens who are kept in confinement. Hatchery birds are kept much in the same way. Buying from Tractor Supply, Rural King, Cackle, McMurray, you are asking for the hens to suffer and you are getting an inferior chick. I have loved my hatchery birds over the years, and they have been great! But even if I didn't care about meeting the standards of the breed, I DO CARE about promoting sustainable farms.
We are not organic, but we do not routinely treat with any medications. We allow the birds to develop natural resistance , and remove birds who cannot tolerate natural conditions. We provide space, fresh air, sunlight, and their immune system must do the rest. If a bird requires veterinary care and antibiotics, we do provide this. That bird is forever removed from our breeding pens. We maintain some birds just for our household, and they enjoy their retirement indefinitely. We no longer feed organic feed, because it has been difficult to determine the quality of this feed and if it really meets any true standards. We have selected Kalmbach feeds for our flock. Our birds range on pasture that has never been sprayed or treated with pesticides.
If you find a chick that has been shipped to you becomes ill, and you wish to treat with medications, please check our BLOG for information on medicating chicks. I am a VETERINARIAN, but, I am NOT YOUR Veterinarian. I cannot prescribe medications for your flock. I do not provide advice beyond that which is provided in the blog post.
We will vaccinate for Marek's disease at your request. There is a $10 charge for this vaccine per chick order. Many chicken keepers combine chickens from many sources, leaving birds vulnerable to this very prevalent disease. We want you to enjoy your birds for years to come, without fear of this disease. The vaccine has minimal risk, and chicks can be introduced into a flock of unvaccinated birds with NO consequences (they DO NOT shed the virus).
We hatch weekly, almost all year. Our incubator is shut down from late Fall through mid January to allow a thorough clean out, down time for the holiday season, and less issues with shipping due to weather restrictions. We do not force our birds to lay through winter. We allow them to take the winter months off. They lay stronger and seem healthier this way. The hens don't lay as vigorously in the summer, so hatches may be limited at this time.