Currently not breeding for sale as of March 17, 2017
We breed our two main heritage breeds for sale. The Plymouth Barred Rock and Delaware form the backbone of our pastured laying hen operation. We breed annually for new stock and to satisfy customer orders. Currently our set up allows us to hatch between 6 to 42 chicks at a time in our hovabator genesis 1588 incubator. Our three heritage breeds are cold and heat hardy, are excellent layers, and very calm to have around young children. At the beginning of Spring we start our first hatch and continue, when there is demand, until September. We ask that those customers coming to the farm to pick up birds, wear clean footwear (not barn footwear) in an effort to prevent the transmission of disease.
Sexing: Both of our breeds can be sexed from an earlier age (3 – 5 weeks old) but not at an early age with 100% accuracy. Plymouth Barred Rock chicks have distinctly different colored feathering beginning at about 3 – 4 weeks of age. The darker black/gray are females, while the lighter black/gray are males. With the Delawares, generally the whiter feathered birds are female and the birds mixed with more black are male. I have found this to be true. We sell straight run (Usually comes out close to 50 – 50 between males and females) for day to week olds. Once chicks are able to be sexed the price goes up given that we need to keep as many hens as possible for our egg and breeding operations.
Things to Consider:
Young chicks are very prone to picking up diseases and infections from other birds so it is important that you have cleaned/disinfected/sanitized a living space for them with adequate heat, feed, water, and space that is not shared with other chicks or adult birds. Heat should be 95 degrees for the first week and decrease by 5 degrees each week until they are fully feathered. For day olds, I sprinkle starter on newspaper for the first two days to train the chicks to feed. Their beaks must be dipped in water to condition them to the necessity of water for life. While inside their makeshift brooder make sure there are no 90 degree corners where they can pile together and suffocate one another. Having the temperature set properly with space to move around can help to avoid this devastating experience. It is the responsibility of the customer to have all these requirements in order once the chicks have left our farm. We sincerely hope that all birds leaving our farm will go to loving and caring owners. We reserve the right to refuse sale if it is determined that our birds lives would be endangered and an ethic of care for our animals disregarded.
Delaware chick picture coming soon…
Prices (Same for each breed)
Hatching eggs – $3.50 each.
Day Olds (Atleast 2-3 days old) – $6.00 each.
Week old chicks – $8.00 each.
(If chicks are ordered and not picked up within the first week, the price goes up by a dollar for every week they are kept at the farm.)
Guaranteed sexed pullets – $20.00
Laying hens (laying age not pullets) – $25.00
Breeding Roosters – $15.00
Crosses/Hybrids – $15.00 at laying age
Pick up only. No shipping at this time.
For other breeds that we do not carry, please contact Maplehurst Farm in Colpitts Settlement outside of Riverview, NB. Ask for Jason Beaton.