Chickens

Chickens for Your Backyard

We offer healthy young chickens for sale at our farm. See our list of current poultry below. But first, some important details:

Breeds we raise over the course of the year (availability fluctuates and this list changes over time, and we do not typically have all breeds at once- see ‘Availability’ further down for current inventory): Red Sex Links (aka Golden Comets, Red Stars, etc), White Leghorns, Easter Eggers, Olive Eggers, Barred Rocks, Buff Orpingtons, Black Australorps, Dominiques, Speckled Sussex, Delawares, Black Laced Gold Wyandottes, Black Laced Silver Wyandottes, Black Laced Red Wyandottes, Colombian Wyandottes, Buff Brahmas, Dark Brahmas, Light Brahmas, Salmon Faverolles, Welsumers, French Black Copper Marans, French Wheaten Marans, French Cuckoo Marans, Barnevelders, various Polish, White Sultans, Blue Andalusians, Silver Spangled Hamburgs, Golden Penciled Hamburgs, Egyptian Fayoumi, Silver Spangled Appenzeller Spitzhaubens, Golden Spangled Appenzeller Spitzhaubens, Black Sumatra, Buff Brahma bantams, Silver Sebright bantams, Gold Sebright bantams, Easter Egger bantams, Mille Fleur Bearded D’Uccle bantams and White Crested Black Polish bantams. We also offer ducklings, ducks and drakes, as well as goslings, geese and ganders.

We raise poultry starting from ‘day olds’ (just-hatched). We work with a variety of breeders who supply us with healthy hatchlings. In this way, we offer a wide variety at all ages, so you can get right to enjoying your new birds.

Egg-laying type chickens begin to lay eggs when they are about 18-26 weeks old, depending on how you feed them and the time of year they are hatched. Breeds for heavy laying will lay most of the year. Many fancy and rare breeds only lay during a portion of spring and summer. Each chicken tends to lay fewer eggs with each passing year of her life.

What are your goals? We are happy to point you toward breeds that will fit your goals. Here just a few of the most commonly mentioned goals: high egg production; lowest cost per egg; colorful fun pets to enjoy roaming the lawn; cuddly; eggs and meat; coping strategy for empty nest syndrome; blood pressure reduction as you sit and watch them all day; tick reduction.

All female chickens will be generally safe and family-friendly. Some breeds are easy to convince to let you close to them and even to hold them, while others typically want to keep a safe distance. Again, safety is generally not an issue with female chickens. Typically, the best foraging, tick eating chickens are also the least inclined to be cuddly.

Chickens eat ticks. You do not need Guinea hens to eat ticks. We have hardy chickens for eating ticks in Maine. Ticks pose serious health problems, and chickens love to eat ticks. All chickens will eat ticks, and we offer many choices. Some chickens are better foragers than others and will roam more widely, eat more ticks and avoid predators longer than others. If tick control is an important goal, let us know so we can suggest a mix of breeds to meet your goals. We strive to keep stocked excellent tick eating chickens that will rival the performance of Guinea fowl. Why suffer from ticks, or have to avoid your own backyard or depend on pesticides and repellents, when you can enjoy a flock of chickens that will clean things up for you? Your flock could even include some tick devouring commandos. Yes, many predators want to eat chickens, so while all chickens eat ticks, the very best chicken breeds for reducing ticks are chickens wary, light bodied, energetic and intelligent so they will go farther, search more diligently and avoid predators longer. We have just those sorts of chickens.

We also sell males from various breeds, and especially breeds that tend to be family friendly. Roosters are important for good flock dynamics and especially for the girls’ safety when ranging your vast estate, since roosters spend most of their time on guard duty. The males also look more handsome and their crowing is music to the ears of some. But if you do not want a male, that’s okay. Just be aware of the pros and cons of every choice.

We do not sell hatching eggs, and we do not ship poultry. Pickup at the farm only!

Need poultry feed? We carry the right feed for each bird we sell.

We sell poultry supplies: Sweeter Heater radiant heaters, nest pads, drinkers and feeders, pine shavings, feed, Pick-No-More Lotion and more.

We also feature locally well made chicken coops from  www.specialitybarns.com in Saco, Maine. Come see some of Bruce’s ‘showroom floor models’ at our farm, and then give him a call and get your well made new coop delivered right to you. Tell ’em we sent you.

Try our long lasting nest pads for your nest boxes. These are the same nest pads we use for our laying flocks. When you use shavings or sawdust in your chickens’ nests, the hens like to make a crater in the middle, exposing the hard nest floor beneath; this can result in broken eggs and a mess. To solve this problem, try our nest pads! Made from synthetic turf, they work well and last a very long time. They cover the entire bottom of the nest (each pad is 12″ x 13″) and cannot be cratered or ejected by your hens. Just $4.99 each nest pad. They fit most nest boxes and they can easily be cut to fit a smaller space.

Need the best heater at the lowest price? We sell Sweeter Heaters in three useful sizes. Use these these long lasting heaters for better and safer brooding of little chicks, and to prevent frostbitten combs in the deep cold of winter. Well built and easy to hang or mount. Radiant heat when and how you need it. SIZES: 11″ x 16″ for $89, 11″ x 30″ $119, 11″ x 40″ $129. Due to significant risk of fire from heat lamps, our farm insurance provider no longer writes policies covering the use of heat lamps. Instead, the insurer recommends our Sweeter Heaters by name as a safe, insurable alternative to dangerous heat lamps.

See our informational Chickens Questions & Answers page for answers to some common questions about poultry.

Pricing: We price according to age. $8 for a day-old chick; on each Sunday of a chick’s life after that we add $1, up to 18 weeks at $26. Some breeds are more costly for us to obtain; for these we charge a premium over the base price, noted with each of those breeds. Price examples: A Buff Orpington chicken eight weeks old costs $16 ($8 day old price plus $8 for eight weeks of care after the ‘day old’ partial week; however, any Polish chicken eight weeks old costs $19 (add $3 for these) and a Black Copper Marans chicken eight weeks old costs $25 (add $9 premium for this rare breed). Need a quantity of chickens for your farm or institution? Contact us for volume pricing.

2017 AVAILABILITY (subject to change daily):

Pullet‘ means any female chicken from the day she hatches until she is one year old (‘hen’ after that)

‘Straight run‘ means sex not yet determined

Cockerel‘ means any male chicken from the day he hatches until he is one year old (‘rooster’ after that)

Available now, hatched week of February 12th: Pullets: Buff Orpingtons, Black Australorps, Barred Rocks, Easter Eggers, Black Laced Gold Wyandottes, Black Laced Silver Wyandottes, Dominiques. Cockerels: Black Australorps, Buff Orpingtons, Dominiques

Available now, hatched week of February 22nd: Red Sex Links

Available now, hatched week of April 5th: Pullets: Red Sex Links, Black Australorps, Barred Rocks, Buff Orpingtons, Delawares, Salmon Faverolles, Colombian Wyandottes, Black Laced Gold Wyandottes, Black Laced Silver Wyandottes

Available now, hatched week of May 5th: Pullets: White leghorns, Easter Eggers, Silver Spangled Hamburgs, Golden Penciled Hamburgs, Silver Sebright bantams, Golden Sebright bantams. Cockerels: Silver Spangled Hamburgs, Golden Penciled Hamburgs, Silver Sebright bantams, Golden Sebright bantams

Available now, hatched week of May 17th starting as day old pullet chicksPullets: White Crested Blue Polish and White Crested Black Polish ($3 premium). Straight run: Buff Brahma bantams, Silver Spangled Appenzeller Spitzhaubens

Available now, hatched week of May 17th starting as day old DUCKLINGS ($12 each as day olds, add $3 per week over that, up to $42 at 10 weeks of age): Rouen (female); Blue Swedish (straight run) and Welsh Harlequin (straight run)

Available now, hatched week of May 17th starting as day old unsexed GOSLINGS ($30 each as day olds, add $3 per week over that, up to $75 at 15 weeks of age): Toulouse, American Buff and Tufted Roman geese

Available now, hatched week of June 14th starting as day old pullet chicks: Olive Eggers ($9 premium)

Available now, hatched week of June 21st starting as day old pullet chicks: Pullets: Silver Spangled Hamburgs, Egyptian Fayoumi. Straight run: Easter Egger bantams, Mille Fleur Bearded D’Uccle bantams, White Crested Black Polish bantams

July 26th starting as day old pullet chicksPullets: Assorted Polish ($3 premium)

Availability of chickens fluctuates throughout the year. Feel free to call to confirm availability before you come.

GUARANTEE: From 10 weeks of age and up, we guarantee that all chickens sold as ‘pullets’ are females. If you buy a young chicken age ten weeks of age or up from us, and ‘she’ turns out to be a cockerel, we will replace him with a female as soon as a pullet of similar age as the age of the original purchase, and a comparably priced breed you desire, is available. We also guarantee that from 10 weeks of age and up, all chickens sold as ‘cockerels’ are male.  Apart from this, we make no other guarantee. All poultry sales are final, especially since we cannot control conditions once you take your new poultry when you leave our farm. Although we take care to provide chickens that are true to sex, we do not guarantee sexing of birds purchased under 10 weeks of age.

We do not ship poultry.  All sales are made in person at our farm.

To inquire, or to schedule a chicken pickup, please visit the farm during market hours, email us at apples@orchardridge.farm or call us at 207.239.0442

Red Sex Link

(aka Golden Comet, Production Red, Red Star)
The best and most feed-efficient layers of the highest quality and quantity of brown eggs. Calm and friendly.

White Leghorn

The best and most feed-efficient layer of white eggs. Intelligent, nimble and bubbling with energy. Prefers not to be handled. Aggressive foragers. One of the best tick eaters.

Easter Egger

Lays either blue, green, pink or tan eggs. Wide variety of feather patterns available.

Barred Rock

Good layer of brown eggs.

Buff Orpington

Good layers of brown eggs.

Black Australorp

A very good layer of brown eggs. Black feathers covered with a beetle green-purple iridescence.

Speckled Sussex

Delaware

A sweet-tempered, handsome layer of brown eggs.  A heritage breed from the 1950’s.

Silver Spangled Hamburg

Seasonal layers of small-medium white eggs. Very intelligent and quiet. Prefers not to be handled. Aggressive foragers. One of the best tick eaters. Long lived. Smaller, light body size. Very winter hardy due to low profile comb.

Golden Penciled Hamburg

Seasonal layers of small-medium white eggs. Very intelligent and quiet. Prefers not to be handled. Aggressive foragers. One of the best tick eaters. Long lived. Smaller, light body size. Very winter hardy due to low profile comb.

French Cuckoo Maran

True feather-footed French strain! Extra-dark brown eggs. Rare, $9 premium.

 

French Wheaten Maran

True feather-footed French strain! Extra-dark brown eggs. Rare, $9 premium.

French Black Copper Maran

True feather-footed French strain! Extra-dark brown eggs. Rare, $9 premium.

Olive Egger

Barnevelder

From Holland, Barnevelders are handsome birds that can produce extra-dark brown eggs!  Rare, $9 premium.

Welsumer

From Holland, these lovely, loose-feathered heavy layers produce darker brown eggs! $3 premium.

Black Laced Golden Wyandotte

The winter hardy old fashioned heavy layer from the upper Midwest. Very winter hardy due to low profile comb. Good layers of brown eggs.

Black Laced Silver Wyandotte

The winter hardy old fashioned heavy layer from the upper Midwest. Very winter hardy due to low profile comb. Good layers of brown eggs.

Golden Laced Polish

Fun, entertaining and a great addition to your flock when some excitement is needed. Pullets lay small white eggs spring into mid summer. Males tend to be family friendly. $3 premium.

White Crested Blue Polish

Fun, entertaining and a great addition to your flock when some excitement is needed. Pullets lay small white eggs spring into mid summer. Males tend to be family friendly. $3 premium.

White Crested Black Polish

Fun, entertaining and a great addition to your flock when some excitement is needed. Pullets lay small white eggs spring into mid summer. Males tend to be family friendly. $3 premium.

White Polish

Fun, entertaining and a great addition to your flock when some excitement is needed. Pullets lay small white eggs spring into mid summer. Males tend to be family friendly. $3 premium.

Silver Laced Polish

Fun, entertaining and a great addition to your flock when some excitement is needed. Pullets lay small white eggs spring into mid summer. Males tend to be family friendly. $3 premium.

Buff Polish

Fun, entertaining and a great addition to your flock when some excitement is needed. Pullets lay small white eggs spring into mid summer. Males tend to be family friendly. $3 premium.

White Sultan

A beautiful and rare breed that sports a top hat, a beard, feathered feet. Fun, entertaining and a great addition to your flock when some excitement is needed. Pullets lay small white eggs spring into mid summer. Males tend to be family friendly. $3 premium. Photo credit: Eunice, via Wikimedia Commons

Partridge Cochin

Large, beautiful birds originally from China. Feathered feet! Also roosters of this breed are known to be mild-mannered, and we sometimes offer Cochin males as well.

Light Brahma

Sometimes called ‘The King of All Poultry’, standard Brahma chickens are large, strong, energetic and hardy.  Heavy and they make good roasters.  Hens readily go broody in season. Handsome fowl. Roosters crow with a resonant deep-sound!

Black Sumatra

Gorgeous flowing black feathers with a lustrous beetle-green sheen. Intelligent and active. Moderate egg production of about 100 eggs per year. They readily go broody and they are among the best mothers. Considered critically rare!

Golden Spangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben

The national bird of Switzerland! VERY RARE in the US. About 150 white eggs per year.  These birds have the authentic and characteristic forward crest. Lovely. AVAILABLE STRAIGHT RUN ONLY UNTIL SEX IS READILY APPARENT. $14 premium per bird, either sex.

Buff Brahma Bantam

Usually sold straight run until old enough to be definitively sexed.

Blue Andalusian

The parent stock of this breed is from Andalusia in southwest Spain, and the Blue strain was developed during the nineteenth century by English breeders. Good layer of white eggs. Energetic, aggressive forager. Tall comb.

Egyptian Fayoumi

Very hardy, the rare Egyptian Fayoumi is a centuries-old Egyptian breed. Need an aggressive forager that will eat ticks and mostly watch out for itself, spring through fall? The small and agile Fayoumi matures quickly, lays a small white egg and prefers a sizable range to roam.

Family Friendly Rooster

Flocks of 10 or more hens benefit from being under the watch care of a rooster, as God designed hens to be. However, the roosters from some breeds are too aggressive toward people for a backyard flock. While we do not offer a guarantee of good behavior, throughout the year we offer young roosters (cockerels) selected from gentler, calmer breeds that tend to do well around people:  Silver Spangled Hamburgs (pictured), Golden Penciled Hamburgs, Salmon Faverolles, Buff Orpingtons, Black Australorps, Brahmas (standard and bantam), Cochins, and other breeds.  Limited availability.

Dominique

Good layer of brown eggs. Very winter hardy due to low profile comb.

Black Laced Red Wyandotte

Good layer of brown eggs. Very winter hardy due to low profile comb. Rare: $6 premium.

Colombian Wyandotte

Good layer of brown eggs. Very winter hardy due to low profile comb.

Buff Brahma

7-9 pounds. Feather-footed. Good layer of brown eggs.

Dark Brahma

Salmon Faverolle

Lightly tinted tan eggs. Full muff and beard. Feather-footed.

Silver Spangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben

Silver Sebright Bantam

Gold Sebright Bantam