2020 Poultry Catalog
2020 Poultry Order Form - CLICK ON THE PDF
This order form is a fillable pdf, So you can type on it and then print a copy. Please scroll to the bottom of this page for information on shipping zones and charges as well as other order information.
GENERAL POULTRY INFORMATION
Please check the website for information on sold out poultry items. We will update poultry availabilities around the first of each month.
HOW SOON DO WE CASH YOUR CHECK SENT FOR PAYMENT OF YOUR POULTRY ORDER?
Please be sure to send payment that is current (no postdated 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 when 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 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.
We appreciate 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-typhoid. 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 can not 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.
STOREY’S GUIDE TO RAISING POULTRY 4th Edition was released in 2012. It is 454 pages chocked full of information any poultry raiser can use. I wrote this book to help answer many of the common questions a beginner would have when it comes to raising any of the many types of poultry. This book is a great place to start when you are considering starting an adventure with poultry. $20.00
Storey released my second book, a small information manual for youth showing poultry. This book is a good beginners guide for anyone wanting to help a young person show poultry for a county or state fair. It comes from over 25 years experience as a county fair poultry judge with the many questions and issues I have dealt with over the years. The book entitled SHOWING POULTRY was released in February 2016. $9.00
The Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities is an organization which works with, and recognizes, all breeds of domestic poultry (chickens, bantams, ducks, geese, and guineas). Their objectives are to perpetuate and improve rare breeds of poultry; to sponsor awards and shows to encourage more exhibiting and better breeding; and to help each other locate rare stock. If you wish to join the SPPA, please contact Dr. Charles R. H. Everett, 1057 Nick Watts Road, Lugoff, SC 29078
Poultry Breeding Philosophy
With all of the issues in the poultry industry the past few years we feel this is a good time to explain how we operate. We want 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 cost 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 issuing 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 isolate 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 brood 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 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 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 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.
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.
SHIPPING DOCUMENTS AND SHIPMENT REPORT FORM
Every poultry order is shipped out with an NPIP sheet and a 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 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 a USPS employee or a photo taken upon arrival). Losses from shipping issues must be reported within 3 days. Losses that occur after arrival and up to 3 days will only be credited or replaced. There will be no cash refunds on losses after shipment arrives only replacements or credit. 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 canceled 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. There is $3.00 charge for any order that is cancelled once it is received and we have processed and set it up. There will be a minimum of a 3 week delay before a refund on such orders is issued to insure your check has cleared before we issue a refund from us.
THE NUMBER IN THE ( ) AFTER THE PRICE OF THE POULTRY INDICATES THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF DAY OLDS AVAILABLE AT ONE HATCH. YOU CAN ORDER AS FEW AS 1 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.
In assortments it is our choice from what is left over after individual breed orders for that hatch have been filled. We will try to include a nice variety. Each box comes with a named list of the birds that are in the box.
This is our season end specials of whatever is still laying and hatching. We start shipping as birds become available in September and have hatches through October. The order for these may be placed at any time, but the final cutoff date for orders to be received in our office is September 10, 2020. The shipping dates this year for the Autumn Specials are September 8 and 22, and October 6 and 20. These will be filled on a first come, first served basis and when we run out of birds, we run out. We will NOT CALL to let you know you are not getting birds, but will return your check at the end of the season. These specials have been very popular, so place your order early. If we run out of birds and are unable to fill your Autumn Special order, you will be given the option to accept the assortment the next Spring when hatches begin again.
Hatch Special - Assortment of chicks, guineas, bantams, (and maybe turkeys or ducks) - 25 for $40.00.
Bantam Special - Unavailable in 2020
Chicken Special - 25 for $27.50; 50 for $50.00.
Duck Special - 15 for $40.00 (August and September) no ducks in October.
NOTE: These Autumn Specials will be our choice only! You may not choose your breeds. No cancellations will be allowed once the order is placed for these specials. Each box comes with a named list of the contents. The prices above do not include the cost of postage. Please refer to the postage chart located right before the Poultry Order Form.
Super Assorted is for the person who would like as many different breeds as possible. A list of breeds is enclosed in the envelope taped to the outside of the shipping box. You may order these for any of the regular season hatches. However, these are the last boxes filled on each hatch day and are subject to availability of extra day-olds. Please give us as much flexibility as possible with shipping dates for these assortments.
Super Assorted Bantams- Unavailable for 2020
Super Assorted Chicks- 25 for $30.00.
50 for $55.00.
Super Assorted Ducks- 15 for $40.00.
30 for $70.00.
Farmyard Assortment - $30.00 plus shipping
Use shipping rate for 25 chicks (equivalent) for each order and send separate shipping payment for each Farmyard Assortment ordered. If you order more than one of these assortments, we can not guarantee they will be shipped on the same day. If they are shipped together, we will send extra birds. May be our choice of bantams, chicks, ducks, geese, guineas, or turkeys. The Farmyard Assortment can be all of one particular type of poultry. There are no guarantees that you will get a mixture of all the different types of poultry. It might be all chicks, all ducklings, etc. Or, it might be a combination of many different things. There are no guarantees on hatch dates as these are filled with whatever is left after all orders for specific breeds and assortments have been filled. These are not generally available until the first part of May. You can kind of think of these as a “grab bag” at a carnival. Whatever you get will be a surprise!! You will receive a named list of the contents of the shipment. The number of birds you get will vary depending upon what you get. (Example: Ducks & Geese are much larger than Bantams & Guineas and fill the box up faster.) You will get the “equivalent” of 25 chicks (or more)
Mystery Chicken Assortment - $20.00 plus shipping
Use shipping rate for 25 chicks for each order and send separate shipping payment for each Mystery Assortment ordered. Occasionally we have some extras from genetic crossing experiments. I’ve long had an interest in genetics and, on occasion, I do some experimental crosses between breeds. This assortment can have anything from our projects (including also the occasional mismarked egg or oddity). This is not a purebred collection. We only recommend this to someone who doesn’t care about breeds or breeding, but is either just wanting something for eggs or meat. The availability of this is sporadic and would only be available on the weeks when I don’t have time to keep any extras for further study. We reserve the right to fill in with a few pure breeds (if we have them) to fill this assortment. This assortment is not necessarily available at every hatch. Therefore, if you place an order for these, please be as flexible on shipping dates as possible. This assortment is only available as a unit of 25 chicks. This assortment is all full sized chickens - - - no bantams.
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 on the web site. (Example: Turkeys do not start hatching until May. Guineas don’t start until June. Geese quit around July 1.)
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 shade 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.
Broody - 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.
Free-Range - 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 sent by Express Mail.
EXPRESS MAIL SHIPPING FOR 2020
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 NUMBER ORDER REQUIREMENTS
1.Chicks, bantams, guinea keets - You must order these in multiples of 25 (25, 50, 75, 100, etc.). (20, 40, 60 , 80 from June 1 to August 30)
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.
Tracking service is now available with priority mail through the USPS or on their website.
- You pay from the Zone Code Chart according to the zipcode which your delivery is being shipped to.
Priority Express Mail Service -
- We only call (or e-mail) you the day that your order is shipped out.
- The shipment is sent by Priority Express Mail (should be delivered by 3:00 PM of the 2nd day after shipping.) but a failed delivery refund will not be paid unless it is delivered after the third day.
- Tracking is available by calling your local Post Office or by checking on their website for Express Mail Service.
You pay from the Express Mail column in the postage chart for your postage.
ZIP CODE ZONE DETERMINATION CHART
PLEASE LOCATE THE FIRST 3 NUMBERS OF YOUR ZIP CODE TO DETERMINE 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 date 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
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 canceled poultry order.
Replacement birds will NOT be shipped until our Shipment Report Form signed by you and your postal worker is in our possession.
6. Hatching dates are listed at the front of chickens, bantams, ducks, geese, turkeys, and guineas 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
II. Extra Large (27-30 oz./doz eggs)
Welsummer, White Minorca, Black Copper Maran, Delaware, Erminette, Black Australorp, Black Orpington, Partridge Barnevelder, Buff Catalana, Partridge Penedescenca, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Blue Jersey Giant, Black Langshan, White Jersey Giant, Blue Langshan, Cuckoo Maran,
III. Large (24-27 oz./doz 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, Salmon Faverolle, Ameraucana, Blue Wyandotte, Black Ameraucana, Buff Orpington, Rose Comb Rhode Island Red, Rose Comb Red Dorking, Golden Lakenvelder, Rose Comb Colored Dorking, Dark Grey Dorking, Flame Jaerhon, Partridge Rock, Crevecoeur, White Dorking, Black Dorking, Black Penedescenca, Golden Laced Wyandotte, Mottled Java, Rose Comb Rhode Island White
IV. Medium (21-24 oz./doz eggs)
Dominique, Exchequer Leghorn, Lakenvelder, Speckled Sussex, Mahogany Faverolle, Buff Laced Polish, Barred Holland, Partridge Chantecler, White Crested Black Polish, Black Polish, Black Sumatra, 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, Columbian Wyandotte, Black Leghorn, Light Grey Dorking, Black Crested Blue Polish, Black Shamo, Black Wyandotte, Red Chantecler, Black Breasted Red Kraienkoppe, Mahogany Orloff, 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./doz eggs)
Silver Polish, Golden Penciled Hamburg, Silver Kraienkoppe, Silver Penciled Hamburg
We do keep records on this for all breeds that we keep and have the data for as many years as we have had the breeds. I do love to work with data and do hope to get all of this compiled as soon as I can but there are just so many hours in the day and it never seems to get done. I will do my best to try and get this done and up loaded to the website this year if at all possible. Our plans got delayed a little bit by illness and the acquiring of Tom Knoche’s frozen seed collection. It seemed more of a priority to get the seeds that were 30 years old saved and back into circulation so time was diverted to those causes.
I highly encourage everyone to acquire some ducks and experience the finer side of poultry. Ducks are much hardier and easier to raise than are chickens and can provide many of the same benefits. They are great to control insects and help out around the farm and a re joy to watch . Nothing is quite as relaxing as a group of ducks enjoying a small puddle of water.