If you missed the last of our chicks or if you just want to skip all the cuteness, you have one more chance this year to get chickens.
One of are staff members is raising a bunch of pullets. They will be available Saturday, October 3rd from 10-2. We will open the gates at 9:30 and pass out tickets as people arrive. This means that the first arrival gets to choose which breeds they want first. Pullets are $20 each and we would prefer if you paid with cash or check. We are only hosting the sale and the person raising the birds is the one who needs to be paid. If you need to use a credit card we can do that but ask if you also buy a bag of feed to help offset our costs of accepting cards. These birds have been raised in a more rural setting so when they are being captured at the store, they may make some noise. Don’t be alarmed as we are committed to raising healthy and well cared for chickens.
She has many ddifferent breeds and all should make great backyard birds. Breeds include Ameraucana, Barred Rock, Black Australorp, Rhode Island Red, Speckled Sussex, and assorted Wyandottes. Since they will be about three months old, it is most likely you will get hens and all you will need to do is introduce them into your backyard.
If this is your first batch or if you are between flocks, we find it best that when you get home, you place them into the hen house area. This allows them to get their bearings straight so they will know where to go to sleep at dusk. Just toss them into the roosting area and let them discover their new home at their own pace.
If you are introducing these pullets to an established flock you have a few things to consider. Flock dynamics are often changing and the introduction of new birds will throw off the pecking order. You could just place the pullets into the run with the hens and see what happens. Be sure to manage the process because sometimes establishing the pecking order is quick and involves a few pecks but other times it can get ugly.
You could build a small separate run inside the main run for the new girls. This will allow the two flocks to look at each other and get used to each other but not have any physical contact. Of course be sure both flocks have plenty of food and water. If you are concerned about the new birds carrying undetectable disease you could keep them in this separate run for 30 days. Or if you are not concerned about the transmission of disease you can introduce the pullets to the hen house when it is dark. Just wait until the older girls are on the roost bar, be sure it is completely dark, and pick up the pullets and place them on the roost. It is difficult for hens to peck when they can’t see so this will allow the flocks to smell and touch each other and get used to each other. Ideally any pecking the following morning will be mild.
If you don’t want to go through the effort of building a separate run, you can just keep them in the garage all day and then introduce them to the hen house at night when it is dark. Just be sure that they have plenty of food and water and are not destroying your garage or shed.