Chicks


Our only local feed store is now taking orders for chicks!

Bourn Feed is located just east of Patricia’s Food on the access road.  Alternatively you can take 70 and get off at the Lake of the Woods exit and then head west on the access road.  Bourn orders from Cackle Hatchery, so anything you see on their website you can order through Bourn.  This benefits you because the minumum for shipping in the spring is 25 chicks (min 5 per breed) and you won’t have to pay large S&H costs.  By ordering through Bourn you can get as few as 1 or as many as 6 different breeds and as little as a single chick!

The list of breeds that Bourn has scheduled to arrive:

(P) is for pullet or all female chicks

(S) is for straight run or both male and female chicks (this is a lottery)

March 17th

  • Aracauna* (P)
  • Production Red (P)
  • Buff Orpington (P)
  • Black Australorp (P)
  • Black Sex Link (P)
  • Red Sex Link (P)
  • White Leghorn (P)
  • Brown Leghorn (P)

March 24th

  • New Hampshire Red (S)
  • Cherry Egger (P)
  • Cinnamon Quenn (P)
  • Barred Rock (P)

March 29th

  • Light Brahma* (P)
  • Buff Orpington (P)
  • Rhode Island Red (P)
  • White Rock (S)

April 7th

  • Polish Crested* Assortment (S)
  • Silkie Bantam Assortment (S)
  • Cochin* Assortment (S)
  • Aracauna* (P)
  • Barred Rock (P)
  • Bantam Assortment (S)

April 19th

  • Golden Laced Wyandotte* (P)
  • Silver Laced Wyandotte* (P)
  • Cuckoo Maran* (P)
  • Black Jersey Giant* (P)
  • Speckled Sussex* (S)
  • Silver Duckwing Yokohamas* (S)

April 28th: Ducklings:

  • Rouen
  • Khaki Campbell
  • Ancona
  • Pekin
  • Blue Sweedish
  • Black Swedish

*May 3rd* <Date just added due to demand>

  • Black Australorp (P)

May 12th

  • Mottled Houdan* (S)
  • Golden Comet (P)
  • Black Australorp (P)
  • Polish Crested* Assortment (S)
  • Bantam* Assortment (S)
  • Bronze Turkeys

May 24th: Turkeys:

  • White
  • Bourbon Red
  • Blue Slate
  • Black Spanish
  • Royal Palm

End of May or beginning of June will see the arrival of guineas; pearl, white, lavender, and royal purple.

Remember this is only a list of what they will have (they are not able to reserve them, its a first come fist serve basis for this list).  If you want something else, please feel free to call (573) 474-4113 and put in an order for one of their arrival dates.

Prices per chick at Bourn are:

(P) are $2.75

(S) are $2.00

*(P) are $2.89

*(S) are $2.50

Meyer Hatchery in Ohio still has a minimum order of 3 chicks! And Back to the Farm in Mexico is open this season. I spoke with the owner Paul and he said he has just been too busy and hasn’t updated the website. They no longer have Barred Plymouth Rocks, but still have Partridge Plymouth Rock, Buff Orpington, New Hampshire Red and Delaware.

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Mother Earth news has come up with an app for selecting chicken breeds!I don’t have an iPhone or an iPad, but this article makes it sound very informative for people wanting specific characteristics.

Looks like the Sustainable Living Fair wants to have a workshop on urban chickens again this year.  look for it the afternoon of Sunday Sep 26th.

As spring rolls in, we begin the long slow time of watching things grow.  Our chicks are getting bigger, our seeds are getting planted and we’ve got a whole summer before we have to begin the short hard harvest time and our eggs begin to arrive.

Have a great time and send me an email if you have any questions.

Update 2: Meyer Hatchery  in Ohio has a minimum order of 3 chicks!

Update: Craigslist has lots of chicks/pullets/hens for sale in the farm & garden section.

Nice farm in Mexico, MO that is taking orders (no minimum if picked up or hand delivered)

Our only local feed store is now taking orders for chicks!

Bourn Feed is located just east of Patricia’s Food on the access road.  Alternatively you can take 70 and get off at the Lake of the Woods exit and then head west.  Bourn orders from Cackle Hatchery, so anything you see on their website you can order through Bourn.  This benefits you because the minumum for shipping in the spring is 25 chicks (min 5 per breed) and you won’t have to pay large S&H costs.  By ordering through Bourn you can get as few as 1 or as many as 6 different breeds.

Hurry though, as Melissa told me today that due to higher demands last year Bourn had trouble keeping stocked and it was only because  of Griffith Hatchery (which won’t be open this year) that Bourn was able to keep supplied.

The list of breeds that Bourn has scheduled to arrive on:

March 16th

  • Buff Orpington
  • Barred Rock
  • Black Australorp
  • Rhode Island Red (RIR)
  • Golden Comet
  • Aracauna

March 25th

  • Silver Laced Wyandotte
  • Light Brahma
  • Brown Leghorns
  • Black Australorp
  • New Hampshire Reds

April 6th (Update: I mistakenly had the 16th here)

  • RIR
  • Aracauna

April 15th

  • Buff Orpington
  • Barred Rock
  • Production Red
  • Cinnamon Queen

Remember this is only a list of what they will have (they are not able to reserve them, its a first come fist serve basis for this list).  If you want something else, please feel free to call them [(573) 474-4113] and put in an order for one of their arrival dates.