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RHODE ISLAND REDS
If you are striving for the “Peak” in egg production and still want a heavy bird with good market possibilities, these Reds are for you. A check of national egg laying will reveal the superior egg laying qualities of this breed.
Originally from Chili in South America they are called the Easter Egg Fowl. They lay
colored eggs – blue, green, pink, and olive drab. These birds vary in size and color, some
may have whiskers and other muffs of feathers that cover their ears. Their eggs are
reported to have more nutritional value than ordinary eggs.
BARRED PLYMOUTH ROCKS
This is another old favorite and one that, in true breeding style, delivers big profits. This is one of the oldest and most selected strain of Barred Rocks in the U.S. The Barred Plymouth Rock has held its own because of its great merit as a profitable, practical fowl for everyday use.
BLACK SEX LINK
This valuable chicken is produced by mating a Rhode Island Red male to a Barrel
Rock female. The pullets are black with a reddish cast and are splendid layers of large
brown eggs. Roosters resemble a Barred rock.
BUFF ORPINGTONS An Old time favorite! Quiet Breed! With a beautiful Buff color they lay brown eggs
and make wonderful fryers and roasters.
Mt. HEALTHY CORNISH X ROCK CROSS – MEAT BIRD
The large massive Cornish Cockerels are bred to large broiler type White Rock
hens. The cross produces one of the finest quality broiler type chicks that can
be found anywhere. They make market weight in 7 weeks. Many of our
consumers report 4 lb. broilers in 7 to 8 weeks. They give you the desired
broad beast, big leg, big thigh, uniform conformation, rich yellow skin, extra
fast feathering, real prime broilers!
TURKEYS – MAMMOUTH BRONZE&
BROAD BREASTED WHITES
French guineas are fun, easy and inexpensive to raise. Once started, they are excellent
foragers, living on insects, seeds and grasses. They are super farm yard watchdogs,
sounding an alarm anytime anything unusual occurs. They are purplish gray with small white spots.
CARE AND BROODING OF BABY CHICKS
Start with clean quarters. The environment should be draft and rodent free. Chicks should be started at 95 degrees for the first 10 days, this is extremely important, decrease the temperature 5 degrees each week thereafter providing the outside temperature permits. The ideal temperature for 6 week old chicks is 70 degrees. The most commonly used brooder is the 4 bulb, 250 watt (heat bulb) brooder lamp. These lamps are adequate for 300 chicks. For smaller flocks single lamp brooders may be used. When decreasing the temperature consider the behavior of your chicks at all times. You will be able to tell on sight if the chicks are warm enough. If chicks are cold they will pile up. The chicks will be moving around, eating and drinking if they are comfortable. A barrier should be placed around the heat lamps to keep the chicks near the heat. The barrier should be at least 1 foot high, and long enough to form a 3 to 5 foot circle around the brooder lamps. Remove the barrier after 10 days.
Provide 2 to 4 inches of suitable litter, cane pulp, shavings, straw and other types of litter may be used. Litter must always be kept dry. Avoid slick surfaces such as newspaper, which can cause serious leg problems.
Chicks must have fresh feed and clean water at all times. Feed a good quality medicated starter feed for the first 6 to 8 weeks then change to a chick grower feed. It is a good idea to scatter fine cracked corn on fine grit on top of the feed for the first 2 to 3 days. This will ensure a better start for the chick’s digestive system. We recommend two 1 gallon water fountains and two 24 inch feeders for each 100 chicks. Use larger feeders and fountains as chicks get older.