It's that time of year again, when we ignore the snow on the ground and the cold in the air. It’s time for us to look ahead to spring and everything that it brings, including spring chicks! That's right, our order book is ready and this year we are carrying a couple of new breeds that we have not carried in the past.
So, without further ado here is the list of chicks we will be carrying this year along with their expected week of arrival:
Rhode Island Reds – Week of March 19th
Developed in Rhode Island in the 1800’s, this is one of the most famous American breeds of chickens. A great dual purpose bird, they lay up to 260 large brown eggs a year.
Barred Rocks – Week of March 19th & April 30th
One of the most popular breeds. Barred Rocks are a dual purpose breed that is best known for its heavy production of large brown eggs. Their friendly, curious nature and striking pattern of horizontal black lines makes them stand out in the flock.
Buff Orpingtons – Week of March 26th & April 16th
This large, friendly breed is usually considered to be the most docile and easy going in a backyard flock. They produce brown eggs and their bright gold, heavy feathering makes them resistant to cold weather conditions.
Ameraucanas – Week of March 26th & April 23rd
This breed is a perennial favorite, known for its good production of blue and green eggs. This hardy breed comes in several colors and is also known for its friendly and docile nature.
New Hampshire Reds – Week of April 2nd & April 23rd
This dual purpose breed matures quickly, making it just as valuable for its meat as for its heavy production of large brown eggs. This Rhode Island Red hybrid, is known as being a friendly breed that features red feathers with blue or black feathers on their tails.
Black Australorps – Week of April 2nd
A large gentle bird, this breed once held the world record in egg production with one hen laying 364 eggs in 365 days! A beautiful breed, they feature glossy black plumage with a greenish-purple sheen and larger than average bright red combs.
Golden Laced & Silver Laced Wyandottes – Week of April 9th
An old American breed known for their docile nature and cold resistance, they feature rose combs that are frostbite proof. In addition to their striking appearance, they are good brown egg layers.
Golden Comets – Week of April 9th
One of the most reliable brown egg layers available today, this breed matures early and consistently lays large, quality eggs. Comets are also cold hardy and adapt well to free range. Males are pure white making them easy to identify.
Sapphire Gem – Week of April 16th
A specialty hybrid that was created by a breeder in the Czech Republic. This medium sized, sex-link chicken will amaze you with its blue and lavender colored plumage. The Sapphire Gem is an excellent layer of brown eggs.
Speckled Sussex – Week of April 16th
This is a rare and extremely attractive breed that originated in Sussex England over 100 years ago. A good producer of medium brown eggs with a docile nature that makes this breed a perfect fit for any backyard flock.
Cuckoo Marans – Week of April 23rd
The name “Maran” comes from the French town where the breed was developed in the mid 1800's. The “Cuckoo” variety resembles the Barred Rock, with light and dark gray barred feathers. Cuckoo Marans are a large, dual purpose bird best known for their production of medium sized eggs that are a very dark brown color. They are an easy going, intelligent, and cold-hardy breed that is happy with free ranging or being in runs.
Assorted Feather Legs – Week of April 30th
A mix of Cochins, Brahmas, Black Langshans, Salmon Faverolles and other feather legged breeds. All of these breeds are large, docile birds that are known more for the gorgeous feathering on their legs than their laying capabilities.
Assorted Polish Crested – Week of April 30th
An assortment of Buff Laced Polish, Silver Laced Polish, Gold Laced Polish, and White Crested Black Polish. Most of these exotic breeds are not strong egg layers, but do lay medium sized white eggs.
Welsummer – Week of April 30th
Best known for its good production of large, dark terracotta brown eggs. A medium bird, it has a docile temperament and is cold hardy. Tends to be more athletic than most breeds, easily taking to foraging and free ranging.
Assorted Bantam Silkies – Week of May 14th
STRAIGHT RUN ONLY, WILL INCLUDE ROOSTERS!
An unusual variety of chicken with black skin and blue feathers, which feel similarly to hair. Bantam Silkies are much smaller than other breeds, and while they will produce small, brown eggs regularly, they are not known as egg layers.
Jumbo White Cornish Cross Cockerels (Meat Birds) – Week of May 7th
White Cornish males are mated with White Rock females to get chicks with hybrid vigor and the qualities of both parents: broad breasted, big thighs, fast feathering, white plumage and yellow skin. They have remarkable feed efficiency and will reach five pounds in eight weeks.
Broad Breasted White Turkeys – Week of May 7th
A very fast growing, broad breasted turkey that has longer legs than many other breeds. They have excellent feed conversion, disease resistance and white feathers that make for easy processing.
Assorted Rare Breed Turkeys – Week of May 7th
A mix of at least four of the following rare turkey breeds: Narragansett, Royal Palm, Bourbon Red, Midget White, Blue Slate and Single Bronze. All breed naturally.
French Pearl Guinea Fowl – Week of May 14th
Very easy to raise, adults will roost in trees and fend for themselves, or can be raised in pens with chickens. Popular for their lean, dark meat and their appetite for insects, especially ticks.
With the exception of our straight run breeds that will include roosters, our birds are sexed, but we cannot guarantee that you will not receive a rooster in your batch.
Birds must be purchased at a minimum of 3 at a time, from the same shipping date. Once we contact you to let you know that the birds have arrived, they must be picked up within 3 days. After that time we reserve the right to put the birds up for sale to another customer.
All of our chicks come from certified Pullorum free hatcheries, and we guarantee the health of the birds for 48 hours after their purchase. If you have any concerns about the health of your birds, please call us immediately.
Don’t forget that we’re here to help, so whether this is your first batch of chicks or you’re adding to your flock, we’ll be here to answer any questions you might have.
Breed information sourced from Hoover's Hatchery, Ideal Poultry and Mt. Healthy Hatcheries