The Woolly Egg Ranch sells a variety of items including livestock, this hand out is specific to our chickens. Due to several bad checks, we are a cash only business. We will only "hold" birds with a 50% deposit. A "hold" order is only good for 3 days, and then we must start charging for feed or sell the bird to someone else.
Now that you have the coop, food, water, and all your supplies ready, let,s get you some chickens. We sell chicks, pullets, laying hens, roosters for breeding, roosters for meat, and specific chickens as "meat" birds.
Chicks come from large industrial hatcheries unless specifically stated that they are not. The majority of chicks that are available will be vaccinated and sexed. Bantams and non-standard chicks are straight run only. They are very hard to sex even by the experts. We have locally raised chicks available from time to time, please ask about availability.
Pullets come from a variety of sources, but mostly we raise them from Large Hatchery chicks. The hatchery vaccinates them and sexes them for us. Occasionally we will get some "local" birds for resale. We are currently working with several local breeders to increase the amount of "Locally Produced" birds. The ages range from 12 weeks to 22 weeks. Most locally produced birds are not vaccinated, but are raised by their mothers and not lights in a box.
Young hens start to lay at 5 months for most breeds. There is a wide margin due to breed, time of year, hours of light, living conditions, feed and other factors for laying to actually start. We recommend letting a hen start laying on her own, not to add extra lights and such.
Laying hens are older, and have proven themselves to actually have laid an egg. We have a variety of breeds, ages, and egg color available. The numbers and type of birds' changes as birds come and go. Laying hens are the pride of the flock, the producers, so they are also the most expensive. Sometimes we re-home birds from other flocks, if you are interested in a specific breed and age group, let us know, we can keep an eye out for something specific.
Roosters for meat are usually just "extras" or "hatchery mistakes." Most flocks only need 1 or 2 roosters, so with 10 hens per rooster, the numbers are not good for the extras.
Sometimes the hatchery mistakes a boy for a girl, or half of a straight run are boys. These roosters are great for Sunday dinner. They eat a far better diet than their store counterparts.
Roosters for breeding are usually "purebreds" in the sense that they conform to a breed's standards for that breed. The best way to get these guys is from a Local Breeder, or order a straight run from the hatchery. Sometimes a hatchery mistake from a specific group of chicks will give a great rooster. Ask us if you are looking for a specific breed. Read more...