Chickens

Chicks have arrived, and will continue to arrive weekly. Varieties will vary from week to week. Please call if you would like to reserve any particular chicken varieties and ask for Matt (856)-767-6883.

Raising chickens can be a rewarding experience, especially once you are able to enjoy fresh eggs straight from your own backyard! All you need is a little time, work and knowledge!

In Springtime we carry ducks and chicks, but year round we carry the feed and supplies that you need!

Care Tips

Brooder

Young chickens must have a brooder, an enclosure that serves as the chicks' home until they are ready to be moved to the coop for warmth and protection. Prepare the brooder by cleaning it at least two days before the chicks arrive. Once it has dried, cover the floor with 4-6 inches of dry litter. Pinewood shavings or sawdust is recommended to aid in disease prevention. Hardwood litter is not recommended. Place the brooder in a draft-free location. Carefully position a heat bulb about a foot above the box floor to provide heat and add a second light in case one bulb burns out.

Temperature

Newly hatched chicks will find their perfect temperature in the brooder. If it’s too hot under the bulb chicks will move away from the heat; if too cool they’ll move closer. Give chicks space to move about. Baby chicks huddle together when they’re cold, which can cause smothering or suffocation, so check your chicks regularly to be sure they are comfortable. Raise the height of the lights as they grow, because their need for artificial heat will diminish as they grow feathers.

Water

Clean, fresh water is the most important thing to give your chicks. Make sure it is always available and that the waterers are clean. Check water levels daily to be sure your chicks are consuming enough. Chick starter grower rations are available in medicated and unmedicated formulas. Select one with the protein, vitamins and minerals chicks need to thrive. Sprinkle the feed on the brooder floor at first but use a chick feeder when the chicks are a few days old.

Feed

Starter

Our chick starter feed will ensure that your chicks maintain a healthy digestive tract and absorb the nutrients they need. Use this feed until the birds are six weeks old. We carry medicated, non-medicated and organic varieties of starter feed.

Layer

Our Layer feed is infused with all the nutrients your chickens need to stay healthy during their egg laying years. Use this feed throughout their entire laying cycle, which should last 72 weeks. Our layer feed is available in crumbles and pellets. We offer organic layer feed as well.

 

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Resources:

Poulin Grain: What/When to Feed Chart 

Types of Poultry

How Much Feed Do I Need?

Amber Links

Amber Links

• Great large egg producer (brown)

• Excellent Forager

• Starts laying around 20 weeks

• Friendly

• 260-320 eggs / year

 
Ancona

Ancona

• Lay large white eggs

• Very Productive Layers

• Very aware

• Friendly

• 250-300 eggs / year

Araucana

Araucana

• Also called "Easter Eggers" because of their multi-colored eggs (blues, greens)

• Cold hardy

• Good foragers

• Very friendly

• 250 eggs /  year

Barred Rocks

Barred Rocks

• Brown eggs

• Cold Hardy

• Docile

• Very friendly

• 260 eggs / year

Black Australorp

Black Australorp

• Great large egg producer (brown)

• Quiet Gentle

• Starts laying around 20-24 weeks

• Winter hardy layers

• 200-280 eggs / year 

Black Sexlinks

Black Sexlinks

• Quick to start laying, about 20 weeks old (brown eggs)

• Dual Purpose

• Friendly

• 220-280 eggs / year

Buff Orpington

Buff Orpington

• Brown eggs

• Pleasant Demeanor

• Very Cold Hardy

• Very Friendly & Gentle

• 220-260 eggs / year 

Jersey Black Giants

Jersey Black Giants

• Lay large brown eggs

• Very cold hardy, good layers through the winter

• Docile

• Friendly

• 240 eggs / year

Light Brahma

Light Brahma

• Brown eggs

• Feathered Shanks & Toes

• Very Cold Hardy

• Very Friendly & Easy To Handle

• 200-240 eggs / year

Red Sexlinks

Red Sexlinks

• Mix between a Rhode Island Red and White Rock or Delaware

• Quick to start laying, 18-20 weeks old (brown eggs)

• Docile

• Friendly

• 300 eggs / year

Rhode Island Reds

Rhode Island Reds

• Quick to start laying, 18-22 weeks (brown eggs)

• Curious

• Friendly

• 300 eggs / year

Silver Laced Wyandottes

Silver Laced Wyandottes

• Good egg layers (brown eggs)

• Docile

• Beautiful

• Very cold hardy

• 240-260 eggs / year

White Leghorn

White Leghorn

• Lay large white eggs

• Very Productive Layers

• Not excessive eaters

• Friendly

• 280-300 eggs / year

White Pekin Duck

White Pekin Duck

• Excellent layers (white eggs)

• Friendly

• Good foragers

• Very friendly

• Entertaining

• 200 eggs / year

We will be carrying other breeds that are not shown in this chart. Please call us for further information!

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51 W. Factory Rd.
Berlin, NJ 08009

(856)-767-6883

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