THE HOME FARM FLOCK
WHEN TO ORDER______The first baby chicks for the 2013 season are here . July through October chicks will still be available but the minimun order requirement is larger.
QUANTITY REQUIREMENTS Chicks on hand at the store may be bought in any quantity ( provided they are not already waiting for pickup by a custmer who has special ordered them) .
*Freight from Pennsylvania is included in price ___*Prices are subject to change without notice.
Egg Production Birds : ___All are de-beaked and vaccinated
__Rhode Island Reds________3.99 ea
__Barred Rock_____________3.99 ea
__White Rock______________3.99 ea
___Black Sex-Links_________3.99 ea __
__White Leghorns (white eggs)_3.99 ea
___Red Sex-Link____________3.99 ea
Meat Production Birds :___Cornish Super Giant Males __3.00 ea___min order/15
___Kosher King Males ________3.00 ea___min order/15
___Red Cornish (unsexed only )__3.00 ea___min order/15
Speciality Breeds : Usually these are spec order varieties & de-beaking/vacc is NOT avail:
___Aracuna (colored eggs) __females___3.99 ea ___
___Silver Laced Wyandotte__females___3.99 ea___
___Jersey Giants_________females___3.99 ea___
___New Hampshire Reds____females___3.99 ea___
___Cochin ( assorted color)_unsexed only__4.35 ea__min order/15
___Guinea Keets (assorted)__unsexed only__4.50 ea__min order/15
___Bantams (assorted)______unsexed only__4.75 ea__min order/15
ORDERING DIFFERENT VARIETIES___ Derry Feed retains the right to accept or reject a request if it proves too difficult for the hatchery to fill or too difficult for Derry Feed to receive and properly take care of. We do not have the facilities to keep seperate a great number of different varieties of baby chicks on site.
DEPOSIT ON ORDER_____A 50% non-refundable deposit is required when you place your order. If Derry Feed is unable to get the chicks the deposit will be refunded. Once the order "has been called in" to the hatchery the order may be cancelled but the deposit will NOT be returned . You should be sure of your decision to establish a home flock when you place an order. There is NO guarantee on livestock. The birds leave the store healthy. It is up to you to keep them healthy.
DEBEAKING AND VACCINATION : All birds will be debeaked ( the tip of the beak is removed - this is a beneficial proceedure ) and vaccinated with Merek's by the hatchery. Merek's prevents disease. Bantams or rare breed birds will not be debeaked or vaccinated.
SEXING: _________ All chicks are sexed by the hatchery. Perfection is not guaranteed but the hatchery does a good job.
COMMERCIAL EGG PRODUCTION BIRD VARIETIES:
*Rhode Island Red__This dark red bird is an excellent layer of large brown eggs. Roosters average about 7 pounds - hens about 5 lbs. RIR's are dual purpose bird for either meat or egg production. If dressing birds at 9-11 weeks pullets may average 4-1/2 pounds and cockerels 5-1/2 to 6lbs.
Rhode Island Red
*Barred Rocks__This Black and white bird presents a beautiful appearance, lays a large brown egg and has very tasty meat. Rooster average about 7 pounds - hens about 5 lbs.
*Red Sex Link__The hens of this variety are red, while the roosters are white with a few colored feathers. They possess excellent livability and lay extra large brown eggs. Roosters average 5 pounds - hens 4/1/2 lbs. The Red Sex Link Hybrid is the result of crossing the pure Rhode Island Red rooster with a Delaware hen. The results are a color sexed chick offspring of vigor and health. The cockerels are shades of light colors and the pullets are shades of reds. Excellent brown egg layers for the family to enjoy.
*White Rocks__This 100% purebred white bird produces a large brown egg, and a very tasty meat. Roosters average 7 pounds - hens about 5-1/2lbs.
*Black Sex Link __Hens are black with a golden neck and tail.Roosters are black and white barred. BSL's lay large brown eggs and are an exceptionally hardy excellent small flock bird. A BSL is a cross between a Rhode Island Red and a Barred Rock. BSL's have been the top choice of Derry Feed customers for the past two decades. Roosters average 7 pounds - hens about 5 lbs.
Black Sex Link Hen and Rooster
A Rhode Island Red Rooster Male & Barred Rock Female are the BSL's parents.
*White Leghorn__If you are interested in producing white eggs at the very least cost this is the bird for you.
*Araucana__The "Easter Egg" Chicken Ths unusual breed gets it's name from thw Indian tribe of Chili where they were first discovered. These beautiful chickens ar e know for their ability to lay colored eggs of shades varying from turquoise, to deep olive, to shades of blue and brown. Adult Araucanas are of medium size with pea combs and exhibit a wonderful combimation of colors and patterns. Araucanas make a beautiful laying flock that is extremely hardy. Baby chicks come in all colors, plain anad fancy, just like the adults. Please Note the Araucanas are more expensive being priced at 4.25 each (price includes shipping).
Wyandottes are a favorite amongst backyard flock owners for their dependable egg laying, easygoing nature, hardiness, and the great variety of beautiful feather patterns available. Silver Penciled, Golden Laced, Blue, Columbian and White Wyandottes are all rather rare.Class: American
Type: Large Fowl & Bantam
Size: Heavy (7-8 lbs)
Recognized Varieties: Official: Silver Laced, Golden Laced, White, Black, Buff, Partridge, Silver Penciled, Columbian, Blue. Unofficial: Blue Laced Red, Barred & others.
Egg Laying: Very Good (4/wk)
Egg Color: Brown
Egg Size: Large
Comb Type: Rose Comb
Feathered Legs: No
Number of Toes: 4
Hardy In Winter: Yes
Bears Confinement: Bears confinement well
Especially Docile: Yes
Personality: Generally easygoing with a tendency toward domination
This chicken is supersized! The Jersey Giant, as its name implies, was developed in New Jersey and is a true giant of the chicken world. Although created as a dual-purpose fowl (valued for both meat and eggs), it isn't used on commercial farms because it takes 6 months for them to grow to full size, whereas commercial strains can reach their desired size as early as 5 weeks of age. The Jersey Giant is good-natured and hens are decent brown egg layers.Hardy In Winter: Yes
Bears Confinement: Bears confinement well
Especially Docile: Yes
Personality: Docile and easygoing
The New Hampshire were developed from the Rhode Island Red around 1915 in New Hampshire.
Farmers in New Hampshire continued breeding and came up with a hen that matures early, has large brown eggs, feathers quickly and has lots of strength and vigor. The New Hampshire was recognized by the Standard of Perfection in 1935. Although this breed is here titled New Hampshire "Red", the accurate name for the breed is simply New Hampshire.
*Cochin Bantams (assorted colors only)__
The appearance unfortunately affects its health as the birds tend to suffer from metabolism and heart problems which is compounded by their rather lazy lifestyle. They like to be kept on short grass and will not venture onto longer vegetation as this damages the feathers on their feet. They take up remarkably little room and like to be contained with fencing but avoid putting them onto cold, wet grass as youngsters. The profuse leg and foot feathering means that it is best to confine Cochins on wet days when mud becomes a problem and can cause balls of mud to collect under their feet. They do not fly and a 2 foot fence is sufficient to keep them contained. They make excellent broodies because of their calm, maternal nature. They lay quite large eggs but don\'t produce many over the year. The chicks are strong when they hatch but take 22 days rather than the usual 21 to emerge. Cochins are friendly, docile chickens and tend to be submissive when kept with more aggressive breeds. They require good quality feed and mature in two years. They make remarkably good pets and a pet Cochin should live between 8-10 years.
COMMERCIAL MEAT PRODUCTION BIRDS VARIETIES:__ Must be fed a high energy Broiler type feed.
*Cornish Super Giants (White) Cockerels__This white bird possesses an extra broad breast with extra thick drumsticks and thighs. They make premium broilers in 7 weeks, roasters in 12 weeks. and capons as heavy as 15 lbs. Derry Feed recommends these cockerels as the best choice.
Cornish ChicksCornish Meat Birds
*Red Cornish__Feather color is light red. This is an easy dressing bird similar to the White Cornish. White Laced red cornish, as were all Cornish, were originally known as Indian-Games, and have been around since the early 1900's. Like their cousins, the Dark Cornish, these beautiful Reds are known for their sturdy looks and brilliant rich red feathers which are laced or tipped in white. Red Cornish are very hardy and are known to survive in adverse conditions. The standard weight for a male is 7.5 lbs., and the standard weight for a female is 6 lbs. The hens are good producers of a tinted egg, but are not broody. Cornish are recommended for meat production. they have large drumsticks and breasts. The mature roosters do not get along well with each other. Chicks are fairly large at hatching and are a gold buff color.
*Kosher King __Fast growth, large size and the very best tasting poultry meat on the market are the strong points of the Kosher King. Feathering resembles the Barred Rock. Cockerels reach 8-1/2 pounds in 12 weeks. Capons go to 16 pounds.
The Kosher King meat bird is a voracious eater.
EQUIPMENT NEEDED TO BEGIN__Medicated Chick Starter or Broiler Crumbles / Heat Lamp and White Bulb / Chick Feeder and Waterer / Large Box / Wood Shavings for Bedding.
EQUIPMENT NEEDED FOR ADULT BIRDS____Adult Feeder / Adult Waterer / Predator Safe Coop / Shavings.
BROODING TEMPERATURE______First week - 90 degrees ( use a heat lamp) . Decrease the temperature weekly by raising the heat lamp up to be further away from the baby chicks. If the baby chicks huddle under the lamp they are cold. Lower the heat lamp. If the baby chicks stay away from the lamp it is too hot for them. Raise up the hanging heat lamp. Keep a watchful eye. We recommend fresh warm water and "chick starter" feed on arrival.
FEEDING YOUR CHICKENS_________Do not limit feed. Keep the feeder full all the time. For the first 8 weeks for egg production birds feed chick starter mash . From 8 to 20 weeks of age feed chick grower. After 20 weeks of age feed layer pellets or mash. Feed comes in 25 and 50 pound bags. Broilers will eat a high energy broiler type feed from the beginning.
FOR WINTER______item 338611 Farm Innovators__Heated Poultry Fount___*49.99 ea __*price subject to chg w/o notice.
BUILDING A COOP_____________
Floor housing rather than cage housing is the most common housing system for small flocks. Be sure to refer to the spacing chart above when planning your housing system. Roosts can be provided to help concentrate droppings for easier cleanup, but they are¬ not appropriate for waterfowl or meat birds because of the tendency for these birds to develop breast blisters. Start with low perches when the birds are young to accustom them to using the roosts. Roosts make it much easier to catch birds, especially after they have gone to sleep for the night!
Nests can be built or purchased. Hens will take turns using them, so you will need one nest for every four or five hens. A simple box one foot square is adequate. Hens will also use a long, dark nest that has a single entrance and can accommodate four to five hens at once. A perch in front and a 3-inch board across the bottom of the front make access easy for the birds and prevent the eggs from rolling out. Use a thick layer of straw or other litter to cushion the eggs and help keep them clean and unbroken (broken eggs are a major cause of egg-eating behavior in chickens). Keep the nests up off the floor in the darkest corner of the house. Be sure that all the nest areas have a uniform environment. If the hens deem that one nest is preferable to the others, they will all try to use that nest, thereby causing themselves stress which can lead to other issues such as egg breakage and egg-eating.
Coop Attached to the House
A Nice Coop
Small Coop Sketch/ 6 birds +-
Small Painted Urban Coop
Lovely young lady holding a Black Sex Link.