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CHICKS are Here!



February thru September we carry a mix of birds that may include the breeds listed below. Here is a schedule of which breeds are arriving and when this spring. Our birds are sexed (90%) and vaccinated for Marek's disease.*

2/11 3/4 3/25 4/8 4/22 5/13 6/10

PBR
AM
RIR
SLW
GSL
BA
BV
WEL
BB

BO
SS
PBR
RIR
GSL
BA
RLH

BSL
GSL
PIR
PBR
SLW
AM
NN
BB
BV
WEL
 

GSL
RIR
PBR
BA
BO
AM
POL
 

BSL
RIR
PBR
BO
SLW
AM
BB
WEL
 

GSL
RIR
PBR
BO
AM
NN
BV
 

BSL
PBR
BO
AM
WEL
 
AM = Ameraucan
BA = Black Austrolorp
BB = Buff Brahma
BO = Buff Orpington
BSL = Black Sex Link
BV = Barnevelder
 
DEL = Delaware
GSL = Gold Sex Link
JG = Jersey Giant
NN = Naked Neck
PBR = Plymouth Barred Rock
POL = Polish White Crested Black
 
RIR = Rhode Island Red
RLH = Red Leghorn
SFA = Salmon Faverolle
SLW = Silver Laced Wyandotte
SS = Speckled Sussex
WEL = Welsummer
 
 
 
 

Chicks and Pullets

We specialize in heirloom standard chickens and particularly those breeds that exhibit our three key characteristics: (1) good layer, (2) docile temperment, and (3) hardy for northwest winters.

We sell chicks. The cost is $5.95 per bird regardless of breed. Our chicks tend to be 0-4 weeks old. Please read the Care of Baby Chicks section below.

Chickens start laying at about 4 or 5 months of age.

*Our chicks are generally handled and socialized. All of our birds (except some rarer or ornamental birds, e.g., Crested Polish, etc.) are sexed. Sexing is about "90%." Thus, there is a 10% "margin of error." Gold sex-linked and Black sex-linked are birds where feather color denotes gender (note both of these breeds are derived from Rhode Island Reds and exhibit the same high level egg production). Nearly all of our birds are vaccinated against Marek's disease, a ubiquitous disease carried by wild birds and the no. 1 cause of death in chicks in the Pacific NW.

If you are looking for a larger bird, we suggest posting on the Portland Backyard Chicken Listserve. It is a YahooGroup and the details are below.
 
     
 


Items we carry:

We carry a wide range of chicken raising assessories including: organic and conventional feed, scratch/oyster shells and other supplements, feeders, waterers, heat lamps, bedding, books, coop materials, and vitamins and medicines.

 
     
 

Care of Baby Chicks

Temperature: 90 degrees the first week and then 5 degrees less each week, until 60 or 70 degrees and then they should not need supplemental heat anymore. One 125 watt half-power heat lamp in a utility reflector is sufficient. I you use a typical 250 W heat lamp, you will need a ceramic socket. Ventilation is important also.

Floor space: provide ½-1 square foot per bird for first four weeks. Two square foot per bird after fours week. Birds often pick at each other if they do not have sufficient space, fresh air, food or water, or are too hot. Fresh grass clippings and/or clumps of sod with grass may keep them busy and help eliminate problems.

Sometimes in the first few weeks chicks tend to paste up on their rear ends (ie, dried poop on their butts). This needs to be removed. Use warm water and cloth orplace their butt under a faucet with gentle warm water. Moisten and dissolve the clump. This is less of a concern after 4 weeks.

Litter/Bedding: do NOT use newspaper (alone) or anything slick to raise chicks on because this may cause damage to their legs. Shavings work well, particularly pine and fir. Straw will work but can be slick for young chicks and usually harder to clean. Be sure to clean often and do not let chicks be on wet litter, it must be kept dry.

Feed: use chick starter crumble (preferably with antibiotics) for at lest 3 months from hatch. At month 3 or 4, layer hen pellets can be gradually introduced into their food. You may blend chick and layer food or buy a "developer" feed for the 10-20 week old period. Also, provide some grit, preferably in a separate container (though, in most instances, chickens that are free-ranged at least part of the day do not need supplemental grit). By 4 to 5 months, your girls should be on layer food. It is recommended to provide oyster shells or some other form of calcium (for example, your recycled crushed up egg shells) to assist with egg shell development.

Water: always provide ample, fresh water to your birds. Use appropriate waterers so that birds do not drown. Do not use bowls or dishes. Raise waterers as he birds grow. The lip of the waterer should be even with the bird’s back. That way the waterers will stay cleaner and it is easier for the birds to drink.

Feeders: like the waterers, raise the feeders as birds grow. Hanging feeders and waterers reduce spoilage from chickens stepping in the device.

Additional Info: be prepared before purchasing poultry. More chicks are lost due to improper preparation such as heat, litter, waterers, feeders and feed than from disease. The area used for rearing should be free of rodents, cats, dogs, etc. It is not suggested to raise chicks together that are more than two or three weeks apart in age. The older ones may pick the younger ones, potentially to death. Use your good judgment if you are try this. It is often not be a problem, though providing sufficient space and heat minimizes problems.

Buy a book on home chicken raising, attend one of our workshops (or someone else's), talk to friends (or strangers) who have chickens, post questions on the backyard chicken list serve (info below under community resources) and/or search the web for information.

Good luck, have fun and take pictures (I think posting pet chicken photos in the reason facebook was created)!

Cheers, your friends at Livingscape

 
 

Chicken Resources

Breed Information Websites:

Henderson - Ithaca


Feathersite


Oklahoma State

Poultry Pages


"Portland Backyard Chickens" YahooGroup

Can't say enough about this resource - great group of knowledgeable, compassionate and helpful folks. To participate:
click here and follow the directions.

By the way, this is a great way to find a home for a rooster, get answers to chicken health questions, find someone to go in on a bantam order, etc.

Chicken Health Handbook

This book is an excellent reference and first place to start for non-emergency chicken health questions. We have a reference copy at the store and you are welcome to look at it at the store.

Chicken Vets - Who to call when there is a health crisis:

Marli Lintner of the Avian Medical Center off Lower Boones Ferry in Lake Oswego

 
     
 

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