spring 2020 UPdate:
With record numbers of families staying home this spring with the Coronavirus, interest in raising chicks has skyrocketed. We do take reservations for upcoming shipments of birds, and availability is going fast! We have added additional chicks where we can, but the hatchery is seeing record demand as well. Best to not delay in letting us know your needs.
About Our Birds
We sell day old chicks, ducklings, keets (baby guineas), and poults (baby turkeys) from March through June. During this time we have several scheduled dates that birds are shipped to us from our hatchery. We work with Cackle Hatchery, a family run hatchery in Lebanon, Missouri. Their website is full of information about the selection of birds they offer as well as instructions for care. We have been working with Cackle Hatchery for many years. We have been very pleased with the health of the birds they send us as well as their rate of success in properly sexing birds. Cackle's average success rate in sexing poultry is 90% meaning that in every 100 birds sexed as female, 10 may turn out to be roosters. As a purchaser of day-old poultry, you assume the risk of getting a male even if the batch has been sexed as females; sexing day old poultry is as much of an art as a science & even the most seasoned professionals can make errors. As a buyer of day-old birds, once they leave our doors, you have who you have. We do not offer replacements or accept birds back once they have been sold. That being said, anyone with unwanted cockerels is welcome to post a re-homing ad on our community board located by the ramp on our loading dock.
Chick Schedule & Special Ordering
During the months of March through June, we post a schedule of the varieties of birds we’ve ordered and when they are arriving. Check the link at the bottom of this page! If you don’t see what you’re looking for on this list, we are happy to special order birds for you by adding your order to one of our existing ship dates. Letting us know your order early in the season will help to ensure that you get what you want. Some varieties sell out at the hatchery in advance. Our most popular special orders are the cornish cross meat birds. We don’t like stocking these in the store because they are such fast growers, but we will happily special order them or any other bird you want.
Owning heritage breeds has become increasingly popular in recent years. Several of the birds we stock are heritage breeds. To read about which ones are heritage breeds, we encourage you to visit The Livestock Conservancy’s website, a wonderful resource based right here in downtown Pittsboro.
We know some of the birds we get in are in high demand and you may not always be able to get here when they arrive on our dock. Our ship dates are mostly scheduled on Wednesdays with an occasional Friday. If you let us know your needs in advance, we are happy to hold your birds for you through Saturday of the same week. We ask that you pick up your birds no later than Saturday so we don’t have to make a special trip into town when we’re closed on Sunday to care for your birds. Please let us know if your plans change so we can release your birds for sale to others. Please don’t abuse this policy. Our customers are very happy we offer this flexibility for them, but all it takes is one bad egg... pun intended...