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Live birds are local pick-up only

My chick waiting list for the 2015 season will open in January. Please call, email, or send me a FB message to be added to the list. I fill orders as received according to what I have hatching. Please note that some breeds are more popular than others so I can't guarantee a hatch date for your chick request. Hatching egg and started pullet availability for local pickup will be posted on my Facebook page through the 2015 season or I'm happy to answer phone calls or email.

Please note that I don't have prices for all of the breeds I raise. This is because I'm not taking official waiting list orders for them this year. The reason is that I'm holding back most of what I produce from those flocks so I have a large pool of offspring to pick from to improve my programs. However, throughout the 2015 season I may list some as available first come first served if I have extra. You're welcome to inquire.

 


CHICKS, POULTS, & DUCKLINGS

(Chicks are sold as straight run unless otherwise noted)

 

Olive Egger - 6.00

Blue/Splash Orpington - 6.00

English Black Orpington - 12.00

English Jubilee Orpington - 15.00

Standard Bearded Polish - 7.00

Wheaten/Blue Wheaten Ameraucana - 7.00

Black Copper Marans - 8.00

Mille Fleur Bantam Cochin - 4.00

 


Midget White Turkey Poults - 10.00 (more info)

Jumbo Coturnix Quail Chicks - 2.00

Button Quail Chicks - 1.50

Snowflake Bobwhite Quail Chicks - 5.00

*Muscovy Ducklings - 8.00

(* A quackless, quiet breed. Pond not needed. Lean meat. Not greasy like ducks out of the mallard family)


Jumbo Coturnix Quail Trio (juvenile) - 15.00

Button Quail Pair - 10.00

Snowflake Bobwhite Quail Pair (juvenile) - 25.00



STARTED PULLETS (5+ weeks old)

For some of the breeds I raise, I set aside chicks to be grown up until they are fully feathered. The pullets are separated from the cockerals as soon as I can tell who is who, and then those birds are put in my for sale pen. I don't do this for all of the breeds because of the cost of feed, but if you don't want to raise chicks I do have started birds available on a limited basis late spring and into summer/early fall. For the most current list of what I have available, please visit my QCU Poultry facebook page. Prices for started pullets depends on breed and age. Calls are welcome as well. I no longer keep a waiting list for started pullets.

Started pullets average 5-8+ weeks old, are fully feathered, and are generally coop ready without the need for heat lamps unless it's lower than 45 degrees F at night. Even with ideal temperatures, I recommend using a 60 watt non-teflon lightbulb in their pen at night until they are used to their new home, especially the younger pullets. (I'll help you figure out the setup you need based on the time of year & the age of the pullets) A small light bulb prevents them from getting chilled and huddling in a pile which can cause the smaller ones to get squished. Care should be taken when introducing new birds into an existing flock as chickens are very territorial and it can be stressful for them. Biosecurity is another thing to consider, so I always suggest a well planned quarantine program. I recommend a quarantine period of at least three weeks in a properly clean/dry environment and then a strategic introduction to the flock or juveniles from another source after that. For tips on introducing young pullets to a mature group, please contact me and I'll give you some ideas on how to do it based on your situation.


Hatching Eggs

Egg availability varies as not every breed will be offered. Fertility is checked regularly on our farm and only eggs out of verified pens are for sale. Please ask ahead of time for hatching eggs so I can properly collect them for you. Please note that I cannot guarantee your hatch rate due to circumstances out of my control once they leave my hands. You are welcome to go through the available eggs and hand pick the ones you want if you are picking them up here at our farm. See the "notes" section on our facebook page for the most current hatching egg availability list.


BREED INFORMATION

 

Black Copper Marans - My Black Copper Marans are big and very friendly. I breed for proper conformation, egg color, plumage balance, and large bird size according to the French standard. My flock of Black Coppers are true dual purpose. They lay a very pretty dark brown egg as can be expected from this popular breed.

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black tail buff marans

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Black Tail Buff Marans - Black Tail Buff Marans lay a glossy medium-dark to dark brown egg with some hens producing eggs just as dark as a quality Black Copper Marans, but not for as long into their lay cycle. Properly colored BTB hens look similar to the more common Wheaten Marans and do indeed share some genetics including the wheaten gene, but BTB are golden-red and have less contrasting tone, with or without some light black stippling in the hackles. Black Tail Buff Marans are excellent layers and have very pleasant temperaments.

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golden cuckoo marans chicks

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Golden Cuckoo Marans- GCM lay a medium-dark to dark colored egg and are prolific layers. For the 2015 season chicks will be limited while I have my pens setup to pair mate in order to set specific traits in my flock including improved egg color, growth rate, and mature weight.


Blue Orpington - For the 2015 season, we'll have English Black Orpingtons (pure black stock) and Blue/Splash American Standard chicks. Orpingtons lay a light brown to a pinkish colored egg.


 

jubilee orpington pullet

Jubilee Orpington - The Jubilee Orpington is UK import. We have mostly mahogany based birds, but also have diamond jubilee as well. None of our stock are directly out of Greenfire Farms to ensure genetic diversity. Orpingtons lay a light brown to a pinkish colored egg. They are winter hardy and very friendly.


 

Wheaten/Blue Wheaten Ameraucana - True ameraucana, not hatchery/feed store easter eggers. These birds lay a light blue to a pastel turqoise blue colored egg, the bluest egg out of all the true Ameraucana breed. Egg color vibrancy is darker at the beginning of a hens laying cycle and fades a bit until she takes a break for awhile. For the 2015 season, I am running a blue wheaten rooster over wheaten and blue wheaten hens. My girls lay nice sized glossy blue eggs. I'll also have some split to mottled chicks available if anyone is interested in starting a mottled ameraucana project line.


 

Olive Eggers - My olive eggers are a cross between a Marans and an Ameraucana. The point of this cross is to create hens that lay gorgeous olive green eggs. These eggs are lovely. The inside of the egg is just like a regular egg, only the shell is different. The plumage color of my olive eggers varies from year to year, depending on what crosses I've made. For 2015, I expect to have black, blue, wheaten and golden wheaten colored olive eggers. The price I have listed for olive egger chicks is for straight run.


Bantam Cochin - Bantam cochins are a miniature chicken. They love to be picked up and held, they are feather footed, and are oh so cute. They are commonly used as broody hens to hatch out the eggs of other breeds as the cochin loves nothing better than to hatch out chicks. Cochins make excellent pets for children. They are easy to take care of, enjoy people, and don't take up much room. Bantam cochins can be safely housed with standard sized chickens if they grow up together. I'm hatching only calico and mille fleur for the 2015 season.

 


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Large Fowl Bearded Polish - My polish pens are for fun so I don't worry about APA accepted colors with these. Colors will vary for 2015 but I expect most to be buff cuckoo and crele laced cuckoo. Polish lay a white egg.


 

 


 

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