2018 Poultry Catalog
Click here to go to PDF format of Poultry Catalog
Updated September 25, 2017
2018 PRINTED CATALOG REQUEST
We have decided to make a very limited number of printed catalogs available by First Class Mail for those people who do not have access to the internet. To obtain a copy of this printed catalog you must send a request by regular USPS mail along with $5.00. There will be a $5.00 coupon included in the catalog that you may use when you place your first order from us.
GENERAL POULTRY INFORMATION
We have had a reduction in the number of breeds that we offer for 2018. We had what some have termed a "Predator Apocalypse". It started in the Fall of 2016 with a huge number of opossums and then, as Winter and early Spring turned into Summer, we had countless numbers of other poultry predators. We had a mink that refused to be caught despite a professional trapper's assistance and countless attempts. We learned that mink can get through an incredibly small hole and are very, very destructive. We also had skunks, fox, numerous raccoons and a badger, who did not get poultry but each night dug huge holes into the pens to allow everyone else in. There were some mornings that there were so many different animal tracks around the pens that it was impossible to identify all of them as to what was eating what. All in all we lost all members of over 29 breeds and numerous individuals of others as the mass of poultry eaters would make their rounds, finding each and every loose pen door, or weak spot in the fence, you name it. We eventually caught the adult raccoons and a pack of coyotes took care of the young raccoons. The early morning I saw the coyotes I nearly gave up hope that we would ever be able to raise poultry again as it seemed like yet another poultry eater was here for a feast. We did not expect the coyotes to be there to help, but they did. We will update the breeds and numbers again after all breeders have been selected later in November, but this is how it looks at this point.
We are listing in the PDF catalog the breeds which are already Sold Out for the season by the time the catalog is posted.
HOW SOON DO WE CASH YOUR CHECK 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 out to you. We do not hold your check until after your birds are shipped out. We do accept only a 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.
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 ARRIVE IN OUR OFFICE 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.
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.
ABSOLUTELY NO VISITS WILL BE ALLOWED.
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.
We are a breed preservation facility. We do not drop ship. 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 extras with no home that have to be disposed of. All extras that we hatch are distributed through our various assortments.
Poultry Breeding Philosophy
2015 was a challenging one for the poultry industry and many backyard raisers as they coped with the damage from Avian Flu on industry and the backyard flocks. We feel this is a good time to explain our breeding philosophy to make sure each of our potential and returning customers understands our goals, philosophy, and mission. It is not our intent to criticize or challenge any particular group for their practices; we simply want to explain our driving forces (reasons) behind our passion.
We respect the large scale operations for their purpose though we feel there are more sustainable options. We appreciate their ability to produce large amounts of food at low costs regardless of season. We also respect the strict poultry fancier whose main goal is to create a show winner. We also understand the large scale hatchery which chooses to offer breeds with a steady chick supply. We are unique in what we are doing and do not fit into any of these categories. We want you to understand this prior to ordering. The following are the guidelines we use to maintain our flocks and breeding programs:
1. All breeds within the APA Standard are selected to those standards. We do, however, not discard a bird from our breeding program for minor flaws, such as an extra point on a comb or a slightly off color eye, if the bird has other desirable traits. Our goal is to maintain genetic diversity and all defining characteristics.
2. We do not replace all of our breeders every year. We prefer to check the longevity and long productivity of a breed. We feel this is important to see how sustainable a breed is. Our goal is to produce long lived, productive birds.
3. We do not have climate controlled pens and, therefore, our birds are subjected to the true rigors of the environment. They are provided dry, fresh bedding and, of course, are always provided with fresh water and food. We firmly believe it is important that survival of a breed is based on how it can handle the real world. Our goal is to produce birds that can withstand many different environments.
We believe our birds are healthier when they are subjected to real world conditions and not isolated from the outside environment. Therefore, our birds are exposed to the outside world, soil, fresh grass, rain, sunshine, and all that is out there. Our goal is to produce birds that will thrive for many generations to come.
4. We do not vaccinate day-old poultry. We do not have Mareks problem here and do not wish to bring the vaccine on the farm. Our goal is to produce birds that can withstand common environmental stresses.
We do annual tests on the breeders for Pullorum-typhoid and Avian Influenza. Our goal is to send you the healthiest birds we can.
5. Our replacement breeders, during their youth, get to run free range in a large orchard and are gathered and selected as Winter nears for the desired traits for their particular breed. We do not believe it is proper to raise them in a "plastic bubble" where they do not have access to fresh grass, insects, and contact with the outside world. The Avian Flu outbreak kept seeing more and more information that it is unsafe to raise your birds in contact with nature. I do not think it is realistic or proper to insulate poultry from the world. We cannot kill every wild bird to protect our poultry, nor should we. We instead should select our breeders from the survivors of exposure to the outside world. Our goal is to let nature run its course and only use birds of superior genetics as our broad stock.
6. We always select to maintain the unique traits for the breeds such as broodiness, foraging ability, etc. We feel color patterns are not the only thing, a breed has many things to consider when selecting the ideal specimen. Our goal is to continue the genetic diversity that was established many generations ago.
7. Many of the birds obtained from us can go on to win at shows and many will become excellent layers or producers of meat. However, we do not guarantee show quality as even the best parents can produce offspring with disqualifications. Our goal is that you would purchase enough birds to cull out the less desirable individuals.
8. We do not sell sexed chicks because we believe, to promote genetic conservation, we want to encourage others to adopt a breed, if possible, and you need both genders. It is also not fair to sex out extra females and leave another person with more males or be forced to "dispose of" the unwanted males. Our goal is that YOU would start to raise one of these wonderful breeds.
9. We do not sell hatching eggs as our experience, both sending and receiving, has not been favorable enough to warrant the loss of genetic material through damaged eggs. Our goal is that you would be pleased with your purchase.
10. We do not allow visitors to the farm, both to comply with NPIP regulations and to prevent biosecurity issues. Our goal is to keep our birds safe from outside diseases that could close our facility.
We are hopeful the above information can answer many of the questions we get about our practices here. We want everyone to know in advance exactly what our goals and mission are. We have no hidden agenda and have no other facilities that we drop ship from. When you order birds from us the parents were grown and are taken care of here on our farm each and every day. The eggs were gathered here, washed, set in the incubators, and are shipped to you from our farm. We are just as likely to tell you of the faults of a breed as well as its strengths. There are no sales pitches or glossy, enhanced photos. We attempt to take careful data and maintain each of the breeds we have in our care.
Storey's Guide to Raising Poultry 4th Edition was released in 2012. It is 454 pages chocked full of information any poultry raiser could use. $22.00 Postpaid.
Storey released my second book, a small information manual for youth showing poultry. The book entitled Showing Poultry was released in February, 2016. $11.00 Postpaid.
SHIPPING DOCUMENTS AND SHIPMENT REPORT FORM
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.
1. INSTRUCTIONS - POULTRY SHIPMENT LOSS: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 or a photo of the box and contents if the Post Office will not verify your losses. This MUST be sent by U.S. mail. It will not be accepted by e-mail. 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 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. CHICK WARRANTY:We cannot guarantee the chicks past their arrival time. Any losses in shipping must be reported and documented upon arrival (verified on our form by USPS employee). Losses from shipping issues must be reported within three (3) days. Losses that occur after arrival and up to three (3) days will only be credited or replaced. There will be no cash refunds. We also make no guarantees as to how many years your poultry will live. There are too many factors that can alter a bird's egg laying length and life in general. 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.
3. SHIPPING DATE:There is no guarantee on these. We do the best we can to meet your requested date, but we are dependent upon the birds cooperation. We ship on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday of each hatch week and always contact you (either by phone or e-mail) the evening the shipment is mailed.
4. CANCELLATION POLICY:We reserve the right to charge a 25% cancellation penalty for any order that is cancelled ten (10) days or more after the date on the confirmation letter. If you decide to cancel the order, the cancellation must be received in our office in writing via U.S. mail with your signature on it. We do not accept cancellations by e-mail or telephone.
THE NUMBER IN THE PARENTHESIS "( )" AFTER THE PRICE OF THE POULTRY INDICATES THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF DAY-OLDS AVAILABE AT ONE HATCH. YOU CAN ORDER AS FEW AS ONE OF A 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) AND PAY TWO SEPARATE SHIPPING CHARGES.
We do not ship hatching eggs or adult fowl.
NOTE: 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. (Example: Turkeys do not start hatching until May. Guineas do not start hatching until June. Geese quit hatching around July 1.)
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 to 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.
POULTRY SHIPMENTS TO CANADA
We are no longer shipping poultry for entry into Canada. The changes in USPS border delivery and expense of vet import papers has stopped us from doing this.
POULTRY SHIPMENTS TO HAWAII
All orders for poultry shipments to Hawaii must be received in our office well in advance (a month or more) of the shipping date requested so that the necessary permits and paperwork may be obtained. There is no charge for the paperwork to ship to Hawaii but it must be obtained in advance. We are not allowed to ship ducklings, turkey poults, or goslings to Hawaii. We can only send chicks. All shipments to Hawaii must be spent by Express Mail.
EXPRESS MAIL SHIPPING FOR 2018
We have to ship via Express Mail to AK, HI, and PR. We have had fabulous service getting birds to many points in Alaska in less than 24 hours. With all of the new closures in the USPS distribution centers, please check with your local Post Office about whether you need to use Express Mail shipping for live poultry from Iowa. If you live quite a distance from your local distribution center, please consider using Express Mail Service.
POULTRY ORDERS FOR 2018
You may place an order for 2018 at any time now. Poultry availabilities have been updated as of September 25, 2017.
To find the list of breeds and the 2018 pricing for all poultry, please scroll to the bottom of this page and click on one of the links to lead you to the type of poultry you are interested in.
POULTRY NUMBER ORDER REQUIREMENTS
1. Chicks, Bantams, Guinea Keets - You must order these in multiples of 25 (25, 50, 75, 100, etc.).
2. Ducklings and Turkey Poults - You must order these in multiples of 15 (15, 30, 45, 60, etc.)
3. Goslings - You must order these in multiples of 6 (6, 12, 18, 24, etc.)
You may mix guineas, bantams, and chicks, or turkeys and chicks, or guineas and turkeys in the same shipment. Ducklings and goslings may be mixed together in one shipment. You may never mix ducklings with turkeys, bantams, or guineas because these do not ship well together. You may never mix geese with anything except ducklings. (1 duckling = 2 chicks. 1 gosling = 2 ducklings. 1 turkey = 2 guinea keets or 2 chicks.)
POULTRY SHIPPING CHARGES
Priority Mail Service: - We only call (or e-mail if we can't reach you by phone) you the day that your order is shipped out. - The shipment is sent by Priority Mail (2-3 day delivery) with Delivery Confirmation. - There is free USPS tracking service with Priority Mail by calling your local Post Office or by checking at www.USPS.com - You pay from Column A, B, C, or D from the Zone Code Chart according to the Zip Code which your delivery is being shipped to.
Express Mail Service: - We only call (or e-mail if we can't reach you by phone) you the day that your order is shipped out. - The shipment is sent by Express Mail (should be delivered by 3:00 PM of the second day after shipping, but the USPS does not reimburse for failed Express Mail on live chickens until after the 3rd day after shipping). - There is free USPS tracking service with Express Mail by calling your local Post Office or by checking at www.USPS.com - You pay from the Express Mail column in the Postage Chart for your postage.
POULTRY SHIPPING INFORMATION
Please remember we process and fill orders on a first come, first served basis. We never know from year to year which will be the hot items that everyone will want, so place your orders early even if you don't want them until Summer. If you don't get your name on the list early for the date that you prefer, that day may already be booked up for the breeds you want. REMEMBER, ORDER EARLY!!!!!
DAY OLDS: We will telephone or e-mail you the day your birds are shipped so it is very important that you include your daytime and evening telephone numbers (if they are different) and your e-mail address on your poultry order form. We call in the evening to let you know they have been sent and the Postal Service calls during the day to let you know they have arrived at your Post Office. We will basically try to contact you first by telephone and will use the e-mail as a backup contact in case we can't reach you by phone. We do not call if we do not ship.
FINAL POULTRY ORDERING REMINDERS
1. All orders must be received in our office by regular mail with payment enclosed to be considered for booking. An order is not considered booked if you talk to us about it on the telephone or send an e-mail telling us what you want. It will not be booked until we get it in writing with the payment. (NO EXCEPTIONS!!!)
2. We do not accept orders by telephone or internet. We do not accept credit card, paypal, or any other electronic payment for your order.
3. We do not guarantee specific hatch dates, "show quality" birds, or male/female ratio.
4. You have ten (10) days from the date on your confirmation letter from us confirming your order to cancel or change your order. After that time, there is a 25% cancellation fee on any cancelled poultry order. This cancellation or change MUST arrive in our office by USPS mail only.
5. Replacement birds will NOT be shipped until our Shipment Report Form signed by you and your postal worker is in our possession. We will not accept the Shipment Report Form via the internet.
6. Hatching dates are listed at the front of Chickens, Bantams, Ducks, Geese, Turkeys, and Guinea sections of the catalog. This is the first day of the hatch week. We ship on Monday or Tuesday (occasionally Wednesday). The dates listed in the catalog are the approximate shipping dates not the dates they arrive at your home.
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!!
I. Jumbo (30+ oz./doz eggs):Wheaten Maran, Blue Copper Maran, Blue Wheaten Maran.
II. Extra Large (27-30 oz./doz eggs):
Welsummer, White Minorca, Black Copper Maran, Delaware, Erminette, Silver Penciled Wyandotte, Black Australorp, Black Orpington, Partridge Barnevelder, Buff Catalana, Partridge Penedescenca, Single Comb Light Brown Leghorn, Barnevelder, Silver Grey Dorking, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Lavender Orpington, Silver Campine, Blue Jersey Giant, Black Langshan, White Jersey Giant, Blue Langshan, Cuckoo Maran.
III. 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, Dark Grey Dorking, Flame Jaerhon, Partridge Rock, Crevecoeur, Red Polish, White Dorking, Buff Cornish, Buff Cochin, Black Dorking, Black Cochin, Black Penedescenca, Golden Laced Wyandotte, Mottled Java, Rose Comb Rhode Island White.
IV. Medium (21-24 oz./dozen eggs):
Dominique, Exchequer Leghorn, Lakenvelder, Speckled Sussex, Mahogany Faverolle, 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, American Dumpie, Egyptian Fayoumi, Iowa Blue, Red Pyle Cubalaya, Longcrower, 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, 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, Norwegian Jaerhon.
V. Small (18-21 oz./dozen eggs):
Silver Polish, Golden Penciled Hamburg, White Cubalaya, Silver Kraienkoppe, Silver Penciled Hamburg, 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.
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.