Chickens

Poultry 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:

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.

Please use our poultry search, below, to help you zero in on the right breeds for you.  Here is some guidance about selecting traits:

Availability: select the age(s) you seek

Winter Frostbite risk: For the maximum breed choice, select ‘all’ if you plan to provide at least minimal radiant warmth when temperatures drop into single digits and below

Egg Production: select the egg production level you require

Egg Color: select the shell color(s) you desire

Foraging:

  • select ‘wide ranging’ if you want chickens that are the most independent, wary against predators, able to cover multiple acres and offer effective insect and tick control over that area
  • select ‘medium ranging’ if you want chickens that are semi-independent and somewhat wary against predators, able to cover up to two acres and offer effective insect and tick control over that area
  • select ‘homebody’ if you want breeds that are the most ready to be your pets and are able to cover up to about a half of one acre and offer effective insect and tick control over that area

Temperament:

  • Select ‘more family oriented’ if you desire breeds that tend to be easy to bribe with food treats to become your friends, but that tend to depend on you for protection (good for people who want cuddly pets, for instance)
  • ‘more independent’ if you desire breeds that tend to watch out for themselves better, but are harder to convince to let you close (good for wide ranging tick control, for instance)