If you ever thought about owning chickens, or want to increase your flock, but don't have the time, space, or inclination to deal with delicate day-old chicks in a brooder, check out our started chicks. We raise chicks in our own brooders until fully-feathered, around 6-8 weeks, at which point they are ready to head to your home! This year we are excited to announce that we will be hatching our own chicks, providing you with happy healthy babies from happy pasture-raised breeding flocks. These chicks will be healthier and less stressed than chicks that are subjected to days in the mail, and unlike the large hatcheries, our hens and roosters are always allowed access to fresh pasture and the outdoors.
Chicks will be available by late March, and quantities will be limited so we recommend contacting us now to place an order.
We will be raising four breeds this year, with some potential for the breeds available to change. We chose the four breeds that we have found to be the most reliable egg producers in our own flock, and breed for health and consistent egg production.
Breeds available as of March 27th:
Rhode Island Red
Black Plymouth Rock (a cross between a Barred Rock and Partridge Rock, these chicks should be sexable at birth by color and will lay lots of brown eggs.)
We may also add black sex-links later in the season.
Chick price: $15
Since we are hatching our own chicks, they will of course be both male and female. While some breeds, such as the black rocks and sex-links, may be possible to sort at hatching, we cannot promise that you will only receive female birds. We will do our best to sort out roosters at the time you pick up your birds, but there is plenty of error possible at that age so we recommend purchasing a few extra chicks if you want to make sure you get plenty of hens.
If you do not need the roosters, we are happy to offer humane slaughter services or teach you how to process your birds yourself. Roosters are an unavoidable part of raising chickens and we believe they deserve more than a quick death as a chick, as would likely occur to them in a larger hatchery. Raising them to maturity in a good home, then humanely processing them to provide nutritious food, demonstrates our gratitude and appreciation of their lives.