2014 Poultry Catalog
Updated April 21, 2014
These availability updates are for orders recieved in our office by April 17, 2014.
POULTRY ORDERS FOR 2015
You may place an order for 2015 at any time now. If your order is received in our office (with complete payment enclosed in the form of a check or money order) by November 1, 2014, you may use the pricing from the 2014 catalog.
POULTRY ORDERS FOR 2014
PLEASE REMEMBER ALL DAY-OLD POULTRY IS SOLD AS STRAIGHT RUN ONLY. WE DO NOT SEX ANY OF THE DAY-OLDS. Since we do not sell sexed chicks, we have no control over what you receive as far as a male-female ratio. Ideally, it is supposed to be a 50-50 split, but anyone who has been in poultry knows it can vary from that.
ALL ORDERS MUST STILL COME IN BY USPS MAIL WITH PAYMENT INCLUDED IN THE FORM OF A CHECK OR MONEY ORDER. WE DO NOT ACCEPT TELEPHONE, INTERNET, OR CREDIT CARD ORDERS. YOUR POULTRY ORDER IS NOT BOOKED UNTIL WE RECEIVE IT IN OUR OFFICE BY MAIL.
PLEASE NOTE MINIMUM NUMBER OF BIRDS REQUIREMENT BEFORE ORDERING!
You MUST order the equivalent of 25 chicks per order. This is required because the chicks will not stay warm enough to arrive alive at your Post Office if there are too few chicks in the box. There are some hatcheries, etc. who are shipping as few as three chicks in a box. We do not know how they are doing this or if it works. The only option that we have to keep the chicks warm enough to ship is by the body heat of the chicks. Please do not ask us to ship less than this minimum requirement.
We have added a few new varieties of "old" poultry. We are continuing to focus on old and rare breeds and are doing comparisons for productivity and natural health and vigor.
General Poultry Information
The link to the Poultry Order Form is located at the bottom of this page.
Comb Descriptions -
Buttercup - A cup-shaped crown with evenly spaced points surrounding the rim.
Cushion - Low, compact, smooth, with no spikes.
Pea - Medium low with three lengthwise ridges, center ridge is slightly higher.
Rose - Solid, broad, flat, low and fleshy, terminating in a spike. Top of comb should have small protuberances.
Single - Thin, fleshy, extending full length of the head.
Walnut - Comb resembles a half of a walnut.
Blue Genetics -
Basic Mendelian genetics lack of dominance. A blue-blue mating will result in 50% blue offspring, 25% black and 25% of what is called splash. Splash can be various shades but is basically a "dirty" bluish white with darker bluish black splotches. Do not expect 100% blue chicks from us when ordering a blue breed. It is best to keep blues, blacks and splashes together in the same pen. A black to splash mating produces blue.
Frizzle Gene -
This is the gene which makes the feathers curl up instead of lie flat. Not all babies are frizzled. A double expression of the gene presents a pleiotropic condition where the birds have almost no feathers and several other conditions that retard growth and immune system problems. Remember when making a breeding pen that a 100% Frizzle rooster with a 100% Frizzle hen will produce some chicks with problems. You need to keep both non-frizzled and frizzled birds in the same breeding pen.
A hen which is allowed to set on a clutch of eggs for the purpose of hatching them out as chicks. Or the term "go broody" means when a hen gets the desire to set on a clutch of eggs and quits producing eggs.
To allow poultry to roam around unconfined by pens and search for their own food. Some supplemental food may be given and still be able to call them free range.
HOW SOON DO WE CASH YOUR CHECKS SENT FOR PAYMENT OF YOUR POULTRY ORDER? Please be sure to send payment that is current (no post-dated checks). It might take us a few weeks to get your order processed, depending upon our work load at the time, but your check will be cashed just as soon as your order is placed in the schedule book and a confirmation letter is sent to you. We do not hold your check until after your birds are shipped out. We have had too many bad checks in the past and we just cannot send out chicks and incur postage charges and not receive payment for them. We do accept only check or money order as payment for the poultry orders. Our prices would have to be set much higher if we were to set up to take credit cards as payment.
Absolutely no visits will be allowed. We appreciate all of the interest folks have in viewing our operation. However, we must inform you that as part of the NPIP certification we must operate a closed facility to prevent the introduction of disease. For that reason, we are no longer allowing visitors to our poultry operation. We are not trying to hide anything, but just have to be careful to maintain a reasonable level of bio-security.
We are members of the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP# 42-278). Therefore, all of our breeding stock is blood tested annually for pullorum. We also test bi-annually for Avian Influenza. Every poultry order comes with an NPIP sheet and a breed list in the envelope attached to the outside of the box indicating what is enclosed.
We are a breed preservation facility. We do not drop ship. Every bird shipped out under the name of Sand Hill Preservation Center has been hatched here from breeders which are maintained here at our farm. Poultry is priced according to the difficulty of obtaining the product, not the rarity of the breed. The more expensive it is, the fewer of that item we are able to produce.
We are also a no-kill chick facility. We adjust our hatches accordingly to hatch numbers of day-olds within reason. This means we do not have many extras with no homes to go to. It also means we cannot usually meet last minute orders wanting immediate delivery. This does not mean that we do not cull out defective birds. It simply means that we do not "overhatch" to have extra with no home that have to be disposed of. All extras that we hatch are distributed through our various assortments.
Every poultry order is shipped out with an NPIP sheet and breed list, indicating what is enclosed in the shipment, in the envelope attached to the outside of the box. There will also be a "Shipment Report Form" enclosed in the envelope taped to the outside of the box.
Instructions - Poultry Shipment Loss
1. If there is a problem with your shipment and you receive dead birds, you must send to us within seven (7) days of receipt of shipment our "Shipment Report Form" (filled out and signed) or an official form from the USPS stating how many birds were DEAD ON ARRIVAL. Please indicate whether you would like a replacement or a refund for the loss. If you do not mail this back to us within seven (7) days, NO CREDIT WILL BE GIVEN AND NO REPLACEMENTS WILL BE SENT!!! We ask that you contact us by telephone or e-mail within three (3) days of receipt of your order if you lose birds after arrival so that we are aware of the problem and can help you if at all possible.
2. If your losses are small and you have another shipment coming, we will try to replace them in your next shipment. If the losses are larger, we will either replace the lost day-olds or refund for your losses, BUT YOU MUST RETURN OUR SHIPMENT REPORT FORM BY USPS MAIL TO RECIEVE ANY COMPENSATION FOR YOUR LOSS. If you only lose a small number of birds and you desire replacement birds, you may need to order and pay for more birds to fill up the box and keep them warm enough to ship safely. If we send replacement birds, we will ship them at the Priority Mail rate at no charge to you. If you desire the replacement birds to be sent by Express Mail, then you will need to pay the difference between the Priority Mail and the Express Mail charge.
Important Ordering Information
Quantities: The number in parentheses "( )" after the price of the poultry indicates the maximum number of day olds available at one hatch. You can order as few as one of a particular breed. If you want more than the maximum number, you will need to place two orders from two different hatches (including the equivalent of 25 chicks for each order).
Genetic diversity is a priority: We try to keep as genetically diverse flocks as possible, but we don't always have room to keep large numbers of all breeds. We do not kill the extra chicks each week as some hatcheries do. Therefore, we have to plan our flock size according to the majority of requests for that breed. We are still in the process of increasing all of our flocks to enable us to, hopefully, reach the ability to hatch 25 chicks of each and every breed at one hatch. Some breeds don't hatch well, so this is providing some challenges.
Eggs and Adult Fowl: We do not ship hatching eggs or adult fowl.
Hatching dates: Please pay attention to the hatching dates for each type of fowl. When a breed is sold out for the season, it will be indicated beside the breed description for that breed here on the website. Check this before placing your order. As these availabilities change throughout the hatching season, we will try to update the website with "Sold Outs" and new availability dates. Please Note: Turkeys do not start hatching until May. Guineas do not start hatching until June. Geese quit hatching around July 1.
Egg weights by breed
This is a multi-year data. We take this data at the end of July. There is nothing truly scientific about it, so please don't read too much into the numbers. A random dozen eggs is weighed from each breed. No attempt to select any size specimens is made. The more years we have had a breed, the more data is used in the average. PLEASE USE THIS INFORMATION AS A GUIDE ONLY!!
- Jumbo (30+ oz./doz eggs): White Faced White Spanish, Wheaten Maran, Blue Copper Maran, Blue Wheaten Maran.
- Extra Large (27-30 oz./doz eggs): Welsummer, White Minorca, Black Copper Maran, Delaware, Erminette, Silver Penciled Wyandotte, Black Australorp, Black Orpington, Partridge Barnevender, Buff Catalana, Partridge Penedescenca, Single Comb Light Brown Leghorn, Barnevelder, Silver Grey Dorking, Frizzle, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Lavender Orpington, Silver Campine, Blue Jersey Giant, Black Langshan, White Jersey Giant, Blue Langshan, Cuckoo Maran, and White Houdan.
- Large (24-27 oz./dozen eggs): New Hampshire, Blue Andalusian, Colored Dorking, Red Dorking, White Orpington, Auburn Sumatra, Black Minorca, La Fleche, Ancona, Black Jersey Giant, Blue Orpington, Manx Rumpie, Rhode Island Red, Buckeye, Buff Minorca, Blue Ameraucana, Blue Cochin, Salmon Faverolle, Ameraucana, Blue Wyandotte, Black Ameraucana, Buff Orpington, Rose Comb Rhode Island Red, Rose Comb Red Dorking, White cochin, Golden Lakenvelder, Rose Comb Colored Dorking, White Leghorn, Dark Grey Dorking, Flame Jaerhon, Partridge Rock, Crevecoeur, Red Polish, White Dorking, Buff Cornish, Buf Cochin, Black Dorking, Black Cochin, Black Penedescenca, Golden Laced Wyandotte, Mottled Java, and Rose Comb Rhode Island White.
- Medium (21-24 oz./dozen eggs): Dominique, Exchequer Leghorn, Lakenvelder, Speckled Sussex, Mahogany Favrolle, Buff Laced Polish, Barred Holland, Creme Brabanter, Partridge Chantecler, White Crested Black Polish, Black Polish, Black Sumatra, Red Leghorn, Golden Campine, White Chantecler, Buff Chantecler, Blue Laced Red Wyandotte, Cuckoo Dorking, Golden Polish, Spangled Russian Orloff, Light Sussex, Cuckoo Scots Dumpie, Egyptian Fayoumi, Iowa Blue, Red Pyle Cubalaya, Longcrower, Buff Leghorn, Columbian Wyandotte, Black Leghorn, Light Grey Dorking, Black Breasted Red Shamo, Black Crested Blue Polish, Black Shamo, Black Wyandotte, Red Chantecler, Black Breasted Red Kraienkoppe, Golden Spangled Hamburg, White Polish, Mahogany Orloff, Red Sussex, Muffed Old English Game, Redcap, Frizzled Black Sumatra, Black Breasted Red Cubalaya, Blue Polish, Buttercup, Dark Shamo, Icelandic, Mille Fleur Leghorn, and Norwegian Jaerhon.
- Small (18-21 oz./dozen eggs): Brown Red Cubalaya, Silver Polsih, Golden Penciled Hamburg, White Cualaya, Silver Kraienkoppe, Silver Laced Cochin, Silver Penciled Hamburg, and White La Fleche.
Egg Productivity By Breed
This is a list from top to bottom of all the full-sized chicken breeds we maintain. They are ranked here from most eggs per season to least eggs per season. This data is not scientifically collected and cannot be applied to birds obtained from sources other than us. This is the result of multiple years of data from our farm with our birds. We start the data period sometime in January or February and end it in September. Some breeds lay better at other times of the year. Please keep in mind that many things affect egg laying including, but not limited to, light, feed, pen size, pen location, etc. Some breeds develop egg eating problems when confined with no outside run. This lowers the number of eggs and lowers their ranking. Please only use this information as a guide and not as a strict criteria for choosing or discrediting a breed. Remember, some breeds are known for their brooding ability and this factor lowers egg numbers. We also keep birds for several years as we are interested in determining how long productivity holds up. Some breeds do great their pullet year and sink fast in egg numbers the second and subsequent years. Other breeds aren't affected by this. We will no longer be listing single year data as in some cases that might be comparing pullets to 3 and 4 year old hens. This is why this list is a multi-year average. We were unable to update this from 2008 data. We will be adding in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 data to the website sometime during the year. We have the data compiled, just not enough time to get it added to the printed catalog.
This list will be printed here online at a future date.