Where to Get Chicks in 2014

Bourn Feed is located just east of Patricia’s Food on the access road.  Alternately 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 Cackle’s website you can order through Bourn (min 5 per breed).  This benefits you because the minimum for shipping in the spring is 25 chicks (min 5 per breed) and you won’t have to pay large S&H costs.

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 11th

  • Easter Egger* (P)
  • Buff Orpington (P)
  • Rhode Island Red (P)
  • Barred Rock (P)
  • Austra Whites (P)

March 18th

  • Black Sex Link (P)
  • Red Sex Link (P)
  • Golden Comet (P)
  • Black Australorp (P)

March 20th

  • Buff Orpington (P)
  • Golden Laced Wyandotte* (P)
  • Silver Laced Wyandotte* (P)
  • Light Brahma* (P)
  • Black Jersey Giant *(P)

March 27th

  • Easter Egger* (P)
  • Dominique (P)
  • Welsummer (P)
  • Cuckoo Marans (P)
  • Buff Orpington (P)

April 3rd

  • Cinnamon Queen (P)
  • Buckeye *(S)
  • Silkie *(S)
  • Cochin *(S)
  • Polish Crested Assortment *(S)

April 10th

  • Old English Game Fowl Assortment  *(S)
  • Bantam Assortment *(S) (Easter Egger, White Faced Black Spanish, Buff Orpington, Japanese)

April 17th

  • Surprise Day
  • Mille Fleur D’Uccle *(S)

April 22nd: Ducklings:

  • Rouens (S)
  • Khaki Campbell (S)
  • Ancona (S)
  • Pekins (S)
  • Sweedish (S)
  • Runners (S)

May 6th

  • Easter Egger* (P)
  • Black Australorp (P)
  • Cherry Egger* (P)
  • Production Reds (P)
  • White Rocks (S)

May 13th Turkeys:

  • Broad Breasted Bronze
  • White
  • Bourbon Red
  • Black Spanish
  • Blue Slate
  • Royal Palm

May 13th Chickens:

  • Buff Orpington (P)
  • Production Reds (P)
  • Barred Rock (P)
  • Rhode Island Red (P)

May 29th Guineas:

  • Pearl
  • White
  • Lavender
  • 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 for 2013 were:

(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.

I found an add in Backyard Poultry for Anders Farm in Harrisonville, MO (about 2hrs west of CoMO, just south of Kansas City). Their bantam stock includes Phoenix, Ohiki, black Wyandotte, and white Old English. Large stock includes Buckeyes, Yokohama and white crested black Polish.  Contact: anderspoultryfarm@directv.net. I haven’t contacted them to find out anything more, but they are NPIP.

Why can chicks go 48 hours without eating? Because right before they hatch they absorb the last of their yolk sack into their abdomens. This allows them to remain safe under their mother while she waits for any late eggs to hatch.

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