Each month in the spring and fall we have a ‘Chick Day!’
Baby chicks come to us in the mail having just hatched; less than a day old!
We announce the breeds that are incoming for each Chick Day, and you have the opportunity to reserve the type and quantity that you’d like ahead of time. We always select breeds that are good layers, and have beginner-friendly personalities.
About the Chicks
All chicks come from a small hatchery called Belt Hatchery located in Fresno. The hatchery guarantees that 90% of the sexed chicks will be female (hens lay the eggs, after all!) If you want to be absolutely sure to not get any roosters, get the Gold or Black Sex-Linked; they are 99-100% guaranteed to be female. The chicks are vaccinated for Marek’s.
One week before chicks arrive, everyone on the reservation list will get an email to confirm their order and with further instructions. Typically your chicks are available to pick up only the Friday of your scheduled chick day, although we may make exceptions for a weekend pick up.
We sell all the supplies you need to raise your chicks:
brooder lamp and red bulb, special chick waterer and feeder, and chick starter food. All you will need in addition is your own container for brooding, and newspaper for bedding.
Get all of these brooding supplies at the same time, and receive a $5 discount!
Sign Me Up!
The next Chick Day will be July 23!
Golden/Red Sex Link
The next Chick Day will be August 20th!
Descriptions of the Breeds
Americauna: Also known as “Easter Egg chicken!” Eggs are shades of blue/green. Baby chicks have the coloring of a chipmunk, and 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. Their feathers are a rich gold color and they lay brown eggs.
Danish Brown Leghorn: Early to mature, and an excellent producer of large white eggs. Long, full tail. Rarely goes broody.
Delaware: Heritage Breed* This bird is known for having a docile temperament. They have large to jumbo brown eggs.
Golden 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 Hen and Rhode Island White Rooster.
Light Brahma: Heritage Breed* Lay light brown eggs. White chickens with black hackles, wing tips, and tail feathers. Very pretty with feathers on their legs and feet
New Hampshire Red: A beautiful chestnut red bird that is thrifty and strong. Hens use about 4 .5 lbs. of feed per dozen eggs.
Rhode Island Red: Heritage Breed* This bird is the most popular breed of American Chicken. They have outstanding egg production of brown eggs.
Wyandottes (Silver or Golden Laced): A breed that is extremely cold-hardy. Has beautiful laced feather pattern.
*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.