A note regarding Avian Influenza...
I am staying current on information and developments, and taking extra precautions to protect my flocks and keep my birds safe. Extra biosecurity measures are in place. Although there are no legal restrictions on private selling of birds for my area, there are active cases in the surrounding counties. I've made the personal decision to suspend the movement of chickens for right now and will not be selling at the present time.
I am hoping in the weeks ahead we will see fewer HPAI infections and this will signal a safer time for our poultry flocks. By early June I should have a nice selection of young, spring-hatched birds coming available. In the mean time, please feel welcome to get in touch, let me know what you are looking for and I'll be happy to keep you posted with updates. If you aren't sure what breed is best for your needs, here is a summary sheet that gives a brief overview of what you can expect from each of my breeds: Hawthorn Hill Breed Summary
I don't sell hatching eggs or baby chicks.
I've had a successful hatching season and am now growing out good numbers of chicks in all my breeds. Started pullets will begin to be available in the summer, with male/female breeding pairs or trios starting late summer & fall.
Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or would like more specific information about my strains or availability. *Prices generally range from $40 to $100 per bird.
Thank you for your interest!
More about availability and pricing...
My number one objective is to continually breed better birds that come as close to meeting breed standards as possible. I hatch and raise the number of chicks I feel I will need to replenish my own flocks and keep the overall quality moving forward. I enjoy sharing birds with others when I am able to, but this is not the case every year, or with each of my breeds.
The first young birds available in late spring will be healthy pullets, but they might have colour faults or fall short of my expectations for breeding, so are considered layer-quality. Ave price: $40. * Birds for breeding and show quality pullets will start to become available in late summer. These young adults have no serious faults or disqualifying features: $50 - $100 each.
I am very selective when it comes to selling cockerels, and I don't always have extras available. They will be sold at (or close to) full maturity, which generally means September through November. Good, breeding quality cockerels average $75 each.
All birds will be healthy and sound when they leave my farm, however I am not able to provide additional guarantees past that. I place a high priority on achieving a balance of correct phenotype, along with vigor, good temperament and productivity, but cannot make guarantees on these or other traits that are not outwardly apparent such as fertility or life span.
At this time I do not accept deposits, but as birds come available I will be happy to contact everyone who has expressed interest by email. The birds will then be offered to those who are first to respond, and will be held for 1 week pending pick-up before becoming available for sale again.
*Please keep in mind there are no perfect birds. The ones I sell for breeding are guaranteed free of DQs (faults that would disqualify them in an APA sanctioned show) and are meant to be a starting point for beginning a new flock or adding to an existing one. There will always be a need for continuous selection and careful breeding choices to maintain a quality flock.
I'm an active member of the following clubs:
Canadian Heritage Breeds - Secretary
Chantecler Fanciers International - Director
Cochins International - Western Canada Rep
Some good books to keep on hand:
The Chicken Health Handbook - Gail Damerow
APA Standard of Perfection
*Prices based on farm pick-up. Transport to shows I'm attending is usually available.
Shipping within Canada may be possible, at buyer's expense. If you want to find out more about live animal cargo rates, please check with Westjet or Air Canada for quotes on shipping out of YEG (Edmonton International Airport).