Frequently Asked Questions
What does out of stock, preorder, in stock, and backorder mean?
A. Out of stock – the items are not in stock and can’t be ordered or requested. Preorder – this is where you can order an item in advance before it is released or ready. In stock – this means the item is in stock but our timeframes still apply (we need 5-7 weeks to process). Backorder – this means we have a lot of pending orders , not as many birds and timeframes can generally be longer. We will be able to fill backorders. Recommend contacting us if you need more details or we typically indicate the timing on the webpage.
When will my order be ready?
A. Our policy is 5-7 weeks to process in season. We are not a hatchery but a farm who takes special care of our fowl. So when a customer places that order we will start to work on that order, and we typically don’t have stock readily available. So this means for hatching eggs we assess the orders already placed and determine when we can fill it then work on collecting eggs. For babies we set the eggs then it will take at least 22 days till hatch ( quail/20 duck/turkey/guinea 29, goose 34). Then we give them a week to acclimate. If there are orders ahead those will be filled first. For fully feathered it is those days plus the typical 5-8 week growing period , so roughly 3 months. Some products are backordered and we indicate this clearly on the website.
For Spring 2021 (Season March-May)
All the above apply, however our hens generally start laying in March , this means we wont have chicks till April. We go in orders received so if you have pre-ordered yours will be filled first . The general timeline above applies but can be extended if there are already orders in place or we have a bird that is in higher demand (Ayam Cemani, Polish, Serama, Icelandic). You can request in the notes section of your order if you would like your order later, we can generally accommodate.
For Summer 2021 (June-August)
All information in “when will my order be ready” applies. If we have some orders that are still pending for Spring, those will be filled first.
For Fall 2021 (September-November)
All information in “when will my order be ready” applies. If we have some orders that are still pending for Summer, those will be filled first.
Can I get my fowl right after I place my order?
A. Generally no, we need time to get the fowl ready. Many timeframes for hatching eggs, babies and fully feathered can be seen here. Appointments are required for fowl pickup at the farm. You can also request in the notes section of the order
Can I receive parts of my order if it is ready?
A. Yes, absolutely! Contact us for this option so we can accommodate your request.
Where are you located and how do I contact you?
A. We are on google search and maps. You can reach us via email at email@example.com, on our contact form, Facebook, Instagram or by phone (802) 560-5606. We are a family farm and do our best to get back in a timely fashion, if not please reach out again.
Can I create an account?
What is the difference between fully feathered a pullet and a hen?
A. At our farm, a fully feathered bird is a bird we raise from chicks to a certain number of weeks based on full feathering out, so no heat lamp is needed and the bird can go outdoors. A pullet is a young hen not mature but can be starting to lay or older than a fully feathered. A hen is a full grown chicken at a year old.
Can we have our birds shipped or can we pick up?
A. Yes we offer on farm pickup or ship via USPS. When you are placing your order you indicate on the checkout pickup or ship and can put any notes you would like to share. We don’t meet up or personally deliver. Please note all birds are shipped directly to the post office, not to your home.
Do customers pay for shipping?
A. Yes, internet orders automatically figure your shipping for you (we don’t control the USPS prices). The shipping charge covers postage to your Post Office, box, padding, heat, food and special grow gel for all live fowl orders. If any additional items are needed we will contact you.
How far in advance should I book my order?
A. As soon as you know when and how many you want to order you should go ahead and place your order. We start taking pre-orders in the Fall for next season/year to be booked and shipped. When you place the order in the notes section please indicate anything you would like us to know. All orders are generally 5-7 weeks out due to time of year, hen behaviors, weather and conditions beyond our control. Also if a bird is in higher demand and backordered, the wait will be longer. Some breeds (turkeys, guineas, ducks, geese) are seasonal layers.
How do you ship your fowl?
A. We ONLY ship through the US Postal Service. Other carriers do NOT handle fowl shipments. For hatching eggs we use Priority Mail option, and you can also select priority express if you want it guaranteed by a certain date. for all live fowl we use Priority Express with extra insurance that is included in the shipping price, if anything extra is needed we will them need to reach out for additional payment.
Can I make changes to my order or add more birds to my order?
A. Yes, Please contact us on our contact page with your order number(Important). You can also just cancel the existing order and re-do.
What days are fowl and hatching eggs shipped typically?
A. We ship Monday and Tuesday. Shipping towards the end of the week is not good for the birds or eggs an they could potentially sit over the weekend.
What are your minimums for orders?
A. No minimums for pickups, fully feathered or hatching eggs no minimum, chicks/ducklings/keets/poults are a suggested 6 of any combination. Quail depending on age for a minimum.
Will the post office deliver our chicks to us at our home or do we need to go to the post office to pick them up?
A. Pick up at the Post Office. When your order arrives, the post office is instructed to call for pick-up. We put on your shipping box the phone number you gave to us. We recommend keeping close watch on the delivery and tracking and notifying the post office that you have live birds coming and to call. Delivery can be 1-3 days. for priority mail express, priority express is longer. Be sure you or someone is available for the anticipated day and days around the arrival date.
Why are your prices higher than a hatchery or my local feed store?
A. Several reasons! First we know our genetics, backgrounds and take great measures to purchase and raise quality breeding stock. This stock is expensive and a lot of labor. We have extra labor costs because we are not a huge hatchery – our birds are more individually cared for and require more cleaning and maintaining. With our pricing we offer our breeders vaccinations, top feed and supplements to produce strong and healthy stock. Second it costs a lot to do farming. We spend much time, labor and love to do this , and feel farmers are very underappreciated and underpaid. We want to give you quality, and experience and take a unique, wholistic approach. See our Farming Practices, Sustainability, Education and Wholistic pages of our site. We also offer our fowl expertise to you for life! Once you purchase birds from us you are part of our family. We appreciate your support.
How do you raise healthy birds?
A. Our birds are tested by the state NPIP Program twice a year to be free of diseases so we know we are providing our customers with the healthiest birds possible. We also work hard on our breeding program, by selecting birds that have good health and vigor. Any birds who become sick we don’t use for our breeding program. We also believe in good nutrition by providing top quality feed, vitamins and supplements, designed and recommended by top nutritionists and doctors. We breed for health, vigor and adaptation to our environment here in Vermont. Since we have weather extremes here our birds tend to do good in all climates. We also vaccinate for Marek’s Disease the #1 most contagious disease that has no cure .
Do you vaccinate your birds?
A. Yes, we vaccinate for Marek’s Disease, #1 killer of chickens with no cure. All chickens are vaccinated at birth here on the farm, this is being a responsible farmer. Pricing for the vaccine is included in the chick’s pricing, no need to pay extra for this service.
Why vaccinate for Marek’s Disease?
A. What is Mareks disease? Marek’s disease is a highly contagious viral neoplastic disease in chickens. The disease is characterized by the presence of T cell lymphoma as well as the infiltration of nerves and organs by lymphocytes. The related herpesvirus of turkeys (HVT) causes no apparent disease in turkeys and continues to be used as a vaccine strain for the prevention of Marek’s disease in chickens. One or more syndromes occur after infection: paralysis of one or more limbs, tumors, depression, grey eye, unequal size of the pupils and/or immunosuppression. There are a number of other diseases or conditions that could cause these syndromes and it is very hard to determine if Marek’s is the issue at hand. Vaccination for Marek’s is also not a guarantee that the chicken will not get Marek’s disease but symptoms may not show like an unvaccinated bird. We go into more details in our blog article by The Chicken Doc, also in our educational area we have related articles and information as to the WHY and general questions on the subject.
You don’t vaccinate Geese, Ducks, Guinea, Turkeys, or Quail for Mareks.