Ordering, Shipping, other FAQ's:
We hatch from Mid February until Mid October.
Place and order by clicking here: SHOP
Find out about Farm Happenings: ON OUR BLOG
- day old chicks (just hatched to 3 weeks old),
- started pullets (4 to 12 weeks old, acclimated to outside temps),
- point-of lay pullets (4 months to laying).
When ordering chicks from a breed that is BLUE (Isbar, Blue Birchen Marans) we try to give you a variety of colors (blue, black, and splash. We do not sell specific colors unless you request and deposit money on a started or point-of-lay pullet.
We ship day-old chicks in a variety of chick boxes, depending on the season. We pack them with a heat pack if needed. Our older birds are shipped in Horizon Lite single stall shippers or Horizon Large SWAN box. They are packed with fruit and vegetables as well as gelatin to maintain hydration. Shipping is via USPS Priority Express. Birds usually arrive within 24 hours, but in some areas it takes them nearly 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. While we do not have a minimum to purchase, we caution against ordering low numbers of chicks. You may purchase as few as 2 day-old chicks, but they will be shipped with extra chicks for warmth, usually the males of the autosexing breeds. These extra chicks can be given away (or grown out for meat) once your chicks reach 4 weeks of age. If you do not wish to take on the care of small chicks, please consider purchasing a started pullet or point-of-lay hen.
WE DO NOT routinely sell older roosters. Our autosexing breed cockerels are sent to a local farm to be humanely raised for their intended purpose- feeding the local community. We may occasionally have grown roosters who are not being kept for breeding. They will be listed on our website. Our retired hens are not sold.
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.
We do allow pick up of birds at the farm, but will 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 indefinitelyWe 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. Our birds range on pasture that has never been sprayed or treated with pesticides.
We hatch weekly, almost all year. Our incubator is shut down from late October 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.