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Live birds are local pick-up only

Planning for the 2018 season has begun. I've brought back in bantam calico cochins and will have some other interesting projects as well. Stay tuned!

For the most up to date list, discount offers, and sneak peeks at what's coming up, please follow my QCU Poultry Facebook page. 

CHICKS, POULTS, & DUCKLINGS

LIST FOR 2018 (prices pending)

(Chicks are sold as straight run unless otherwise noted)

Olive Egger

Fancy Green Egger (Light Green) 

Blue/Black/Splash Orpington 

English Chocolate Orpington 

Wheaten/Blue Wheaten Ameraucana 

 Mottled Ameraucana 

Mottled Rose Comb Ancona 

Black Tail Buff Marans 

Golden Cuckoo Marans

Bantam Calico Cochin

  


Midget White Turkey Poults - 12.00   (more info)

*Muscovy Ducklings - 8.00

(* A quackless, quiet breed. Pond not needed. Lean meat. Not greasy like ducks out of the mallard family



STARTED PULLETS (5+ weeks old)

For some of the breeds I raise, I set aside chicks to be grown up until they are fully feathered. The pullets are separated from the cockerals as soon as I can tell who is who, and then those birds are put in my for sale pen. I don't do this for all of the breeds because of the cost of feed, but if you don't want to raise chicks I do have started birds available on a limited basis late spring and into summer/early fall. For the most current list of what I have available, please visit my QCU Poultry facebook page. Prices for started pullets depends on breed and age. Calls are welcome as well. I no longer keep a waiting list for started pullets.

Started pullets average 5-8+ weeks old, are fully feathered, and are generally coop ready without the need for heat lamps unless it's lower than 45 degrees F at night. Even with ideal temperatures, I recommend using a 60 watt non-teflon lightbulb in their pen at night until they are used to their new home, especially the younger pullets. (I'll help you figure out the setup you need based on the time of year & the age of the pullets) A small light bulb prevents them from getting chilled and huddling in a pile which can cause the smaller ones to get squished. Care should be taken when introducing new birds into an existing flock as chickens are very territorial and it can be stressful for them. Biosecurity is another thing to consider, so I always suggest a well planned quarantine program. I recommend a quarantine period of at least three weeks in a properly clean/dry environment and then a strategic introduction to the flock or juveniles from another source after that. For tips on introducing young pullets to a mature group, please contact me and I'll give you some ideas on how to do it based on your situation. 


Hatching Eggs

Egg availability varies as not every breed will be offered. Fertility is checked regularly on our farm and only eggs out of verified pens are for sale. Please ask ahead of time for hatching eggs so I can properly collect them for you. Please note that I cannot guarantee your hatch rate due to circumstances out of my control once they leave my hands. You are welcome to go through the available eggs and hand pick the ones you want if you are picking them up here at our farm. See the "notes" section on our facebook page for the most current hatching egg availability list.


BREED INFORMATION


black tail buff marans

black tail buff marans black tail buff marans
 

Black Tail Buff Marans - Black Tail Buff Marans lay a glossy medium-dark to dark brown egg....and lots of them!. Properly colored BTB hens look similar to the more common Wheaten Marans and do indeed share some genetics including the wheaten gene, but BTB are golden-red and have less contrasting tone, with or without some light black stippling in the hackles. Black Tail Buff Marans are excellent layers and have very pleasant temperaments. *EXTREMELY RARE*


golden cuckoo marans chicks

golden cuckoo marans

Golden Cuckoo Marans- GCM lay a medium-dark to dark colored egg and are prolific layers like the black tail buffs. They are a friendly breed not prone to flightyness. Be sure to collect their eggs often to avoid broodyness which they are known for. (unless you want them to hatch chicks, and then this trait is a plus) I've introduced some hens from a different breeder for this years season so there might be some variance in chick down color. 


Blue/Black/Splash Orpington - I'll be producing all three color varieties for 2018.  Orpingtons lay a light brown to a pinkish colored egg.


Wheaten/Blue Wheaten Ameraucana - True ameraucana, not hatchery/feed store easter eggers. These birds lay a light blue to a pastel turqoise blue colored egg, the bluest egg out of all the true Ameraucana breed. Egg color vibrancy is darker at the beginning of a hens laying cycle and fades a bit until she takes a break for awhile. Egg tone will vary from hen to hen. 

Mottled Ameraucana - Mottled ameraucana are a project color. They produce light blue eggs, not green, but not as dark as wheaten/blue wheaten. I'm currently working on improving egg and leg color. . 


Olive Eggers - My olive eggers are a cross between a Marans and an Ameraucana. The point of this cross is to create hens that lay gorgeous olive green eggs. These eggs are lovely. The inside of the egg is just like a regular egg, only the shell is different. The plumage color of my olive eggers varies from year to year, depending on what crosses I've made. 

Green Eggers - For those who enjoy a wide range of colors in their egg basket, I'll have available fancy green egger chicks. Green egger hens produce green eggs in various shades. The plumage on these birds is some degree of mottling (white speckles) on a blue, black, or rust colored with adorable puffy cheeks. 

 


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