BABY CHICKS THIS SPRING
Thank you to everyone who bought baby chicks from us in 2014! Our next order will be in February 2015 — more details in December 2014!
About the Chicks
All chicks come from a small hatchery called Red Wing located in southern California and owned and operated by a husband/wife team. All chicks are sexed to be female. The hatchery guarantees that 90% of the sexed chicks will be female, but our experience has been that it is even higher (95%?). If you want to be absolutely sure to not get any roosters, get the Red or Black Sex-Linked; they are 100% guaranteed to be female. The hatchery does not vaccinate their chicks because they’ve never done it and have not had a problem or reason to (no complaints from customers). Chicks are $5 each.
At 10am of the day you pick up the chicks, we have a short 10 minute orientation about chicks and give you a handout with the basics. If you’ve never raised chicks before, we highly recommend that you come to this orientation, so you get off to a good start.
Chick Starter Kit
We sell a chick starter kit that has everything you need to start off your chicks: brooder lamp and bulb, chick waterer and feeder, and chick food. All for $54.99. You will also need a large, deep cardboard box to house them in and shredded newspaper to use as bedding.
Sign Me Up!
To reserve your chicks, please call us up at 510.665.5509. We will reserve the number of chicks you want (no payment needed until you pick them up). We cannot reserve a certain breed for you, but if the breed is important, show up when we open – we are open for baby chick customers only that day at 10am. Breeds are first come, first serve.
Descriptions of the Breeds
Americauna: Easter Egg chicken; eggs are shades of blue/green. Baby chicks have the coloring of a chipmunk. These chickens tend to be less docile and more flighty than the other breeds.
Barred Rock: Heritage Breed. Brown egg layers with good egg production in cold weather. Chickens have black and white feathers interspersed.
Black Sex-Linked: Excellent brown egg layer. Chicks hatch out black and will have red feathers at the breast when grown. Black color of chicks guarantees them to be female. Cross between Rhode Island Red Rooster and Barred Rock Hen.
Buff Orpington: Heritage Breed. Originating from England, they are a large stately bird with a peaceful disposition. They are a rich gold in color. They are a brown egg layer.
Cuckoo Maran: These birds are sometimes called “Chocolate Eggers”; eggs are very dark brown. Chicks are black and yellow; full-grown hens are black and white.
Light Brahma: Heritage Breed. Lay light brown eggs. White chickens with black hackles, wing tips, and tail feathers. Chicks are yellow and brown.
Red Sex-Linked: Excellent brown egg layer. Chicks hatch out golden red and will have white neck and tail feathers as adults. Red color of chicks guarantees them to be female. Cross between Rhode Island Red Rooster and Delaware Hen.
Rhode Island Red: Heritage Breed. This dual purpose bird is the most popular breed of American Chicken. They have outstanding egg production of brown eggs.
About Heritage Breeds
Heritage Breeds are those identified by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy as being in danger of extinction. These breeds, which were once prevalent in the US, have been steadily replaced by the birds made popular by factory farming practices. Heritage breeds are especially suited for backyard chicken-keeping, where the emphasis is on cultivating a small flock. Your flock can help preserve and restore these endangered breeds. Heritage breeds available this spring are Barred Rock, Buff Orpington, Light Brahma, and Rhode Island Red.