Heritage Breed Chicken Order
I just completed placing an order for a batch of heritage breed chickens. I researched prices and availability from many online hatcheries. These included Mt Healthy Hatchery, McMurray Hatchery, Ideal Poultry, Cackle Hatchery, Sand Hill Preservation and several others. I ultimately decided upon McMurray Hatchery, as they had the best prices and availability for the breeds that I was interested in.
For those who regularly follow this blog, we raise Delaware chickens as our heritage chicken breed of choice. We had 30 eggs in the incubator, but the incubator seems to be on the fritz a bit. The incubator will no longer hold a steady temperature. The fluctuation of temperature is not good for the eggs to hatch. The 21 day period ended four days ago without a hatch. I left the eggs in the incubator for an additional 3 days to simply see if anything would hatch successfully. Unfortunately none of the eggs hatched.
So with the failure of our own hatch, we sent out to find a source for Delawares. Unfortunately, Delawares are very difficult to obtain after April. I was able to find a limited availability, so I looked at other available breeds. I settle on Orpingtons, as they are dual purpose chickens. I will feature them in an article that is forthcoming. One reason that I selected the Orpingtons (both Buff and White) is that they are one of the most likely breeds to go broody. I have always wanted to see a hen hatch her own chicks to see the difference between chicks that are hatched naturally and those that are incubated.
Our newest flock members are due to ship on June 10th, so we will likely have pictures to show after that date. On another note, stay on the lookout for the ramping up of gardening posts for the year. We had a friend till the garden tonight so that plants and seeds can go into the ground tomorrow!
I did go ahead and order a few straight run Delawares in order to potentially keep the flock in tact.