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Chickens, Birds & Bees

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Chicks and Pullets

Chick season has come to a close for us. We’ll start taking reservations again in February of ’22.

You can still find all the feed, bedding, and other supplies you need to care for your flock

Feed

We carry organic and conventional feed in both pellet and whole grain form, as well as grit, oyster shells, grubs and snacks. We also have all the feeders, waterers, heat lamps, bedding, poultry wire, and books you’ll need to get your flock started and cared for.

Care

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Birds and Mason Bees

Attracting birds to the garden.

Having birds regularly visit your garden brings a lot of benefits. They pollinate our plants, prey on unwanted insects, and bring a sense of wildness to our outdoor spaces. It can be really rewarding to watch birds gather nest-making materials from our gardens in the winter.

The best way to attract birds to your garden is to provide proper habitat – plants for food and shelter, an exposed mulch/leaf layer, and water. Once you’ve created a supportive habitat, it’s time to add feeders and nesting boxes. We offer feeders, seed, and shelters.

Mason Bees

Mason bees are unique and quite beneficial. They’re native to the Pacific NW and, in contrast to honey bees (which are from Europe), mason bees will fly and pollinate even when it is raining or cool outside. They’re not hive-forming and rarely sting.

We carry mason bee cocoons that hatch in late winter ready to pollinate your plants through spring. We also carry mason bee boxes and tubes to provide them nesting spaces.

Chicken Breeds

Araucana/Ameraucana

Araucana/Ameraucana Easter Egg ChickenThe “Easter Egg Chicken”, This unusual breed gets its name from the Indian tribe of Chile where they were first discovered. Araucanas lay beautiful colored eggs of blue-green shades from turquoise to deep olive. These natural Easter Eggs will amaze your friends and make a great “show and tell” project for school. Adults are of medium size with pea combs and our breeding stock is selected for their ability to produce colored eggs. They exhibit a wonderful combination of colors and color patterns and 10 or 20 of these birds make an absolutely beautiful laying flock that is extremely hardy and will be the talk of the town. Baby chicks come in all colors, plain and fancy, just like the adults. This is a unique breed and great fun to have when the colored eggs start coming. Our Araucanas are recommended for egg laying color and ability and not for exhibition.

Black Australorp

black australorp chickenThis breed originated in Australia developed from Black Orpingtons imported from England; and the emphasis of the breeding program was on egg production without sacrificing too much in size and meat quality. Some sensational results were made in the Australian program, and one hen set a laying record of 364 eggs in 365 days. Introduced into this country in the 1920’s, they have become useful and popular and are certainly one of the best layers of light brown eggs of all the heavy breeds. A flock of Black Australorps with their glossy black plumage which has a greenish-purple sheen and their larger than average bright red combs make an unusually handsome sight. They are big birds, cockerels weighing 6 to 8 pounds at maturity and pullets 5 to 7. They have a pinkish white skin and plump bodies which dress out nicely once the birds have their final plumage. Pullets mature early and many will be in production between 5 and 6 months of age. They are quiet, gentle, and stand confinement well. Baby chicks are black with a good deal of white in the underparts and small white patches around the head and wings. We have handled this breed for years and think it is one of the best of the heavy breeds.

Buff Orpington

buff orpington chickenIntroduced from England in the late 1800’s, they became one of the most popular farm fowls in this country. These are large, stately birds of quiet disposition. Their heavy, full plumage make them excellent winter layers, shelling out brown eggs right through cold weather. They also make excellent setters and mothers.

Plymouth Barred Rock

Plymouth Barred Rock ChickenThe Barred Rock is one of the all time popular favorites in this country. Developed in New England in the early 1800’s by crossing Dominiques and Black Javas, it has spread to every part of the U.S. and is an ideal American chicken. Prolific layers of brown eggs, the hens are not discouraged by cold weather. Their solid plumpness and yellow skin make a beautiful heavy roasting fowl. Our strain has the narrow, clean barring so desirable in appearance. Their bodies are long, broad, and deep with bred-in strength and vitality. These chickens are often called Plymouth Rocks, but this title correctly belongs to the entire breed, not just the Barred variety. Whatever you call them, you can’t beat them for steady, reliable chickens. Baby chicks are dark gray to black with some white patches on head and body.

Rhode Island Red

Rhode Island Red ChickenThis is one of the most famous and all time popular breeds of truly American chickens. Developed in the early part of this century in the state of the same name, they have maintained their reputation as a dual purpose fowl through the years. Outstanding for production qualities, they have led the contests for brown egg layers time after time. No other heavy breed lays more or better eggs than the Rhode Island Reds. Our “production” strain is keeping up the fine reputation of this old favorite. Baby chicks are a rusty red color and the mature birds are a variety of mahogany red.

Silver-Laced Wyandotte

Silver-Laced Wyandotte ChickenThe Silver Laced is the original Wyandotte and the other varieties were developed from it later with crosses on other breeds. It is an outstanding example of American poultry breeding ingenuity and is one of the most beautiful breeds we offer. It is colorful, hardy, and productive. The broad-feathered, smooth fitting plumage is sharply marked. The general appearance is silvery white and lustrous greenish black as each feather is edged in a contrasting color. The close-fitting rose comb and good body size are valuable assets for winter laying. Cold weather doesn’t seem to bother them at all as their hardiness and vigor keep them laying straight through the winter. They lay a nicely shaped, good sized egg, varying from light to rich brown and will set some. This is another excellent variety for exhibition. Baby chicks vary from almost black to light silvery gray and many have contrasting light and dark stripes on the back.

Speckled Sussex

Speckled Sussex ChickenThe Speckled Sussex was developed in Sussex County, England over 100 years ago. It was famous there as a table fowl with pinkish white skin and long, deep body ideal for fattening. It is of medium size, in the heavy breed class, a layer of light brown or tinted eggs, and the hens will set. Its plumage color is a delight to the eye being of rich mahogany base color with individual feathers ending in a white tip separated from the rest of the feathers by a black bar. Baby chicks vary greatly in color from a creamy buff to dark chestnut and some also have alternate dark and light stripes lengthwise on the back. This variety combines beauty with utility, and is very nice to raise for showing.

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