POULTRY

BACKYARD POULTRY FLOCK ORDERS

UPDATES AFFECTING BACKYARD POULTRY ORDERS @ June 15, 2020 —

*** ALL BACKYARD POULTRY PICKUP DATES ARE SUBJECT TO HATCH PERFORMANCE AND HATCHING EGG SUPPLY AND MAY CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

WHITE ROCK MEAT CHICKS  — Sold out for June 25th  pickup date;  Good availability for July pickup dates and beyond.

EGG LAYER CHICKS (brown or white) — IMPORTANT:  We sincerely apologize, but there are NO EGG LAYER CHICKS AVAILABLE from our hatchery supplier this year due to the pandemic restrictions that the hatching egg supplier is adhering to  — We are not taking any orders for layer chicks at this time.

TURKEY POULTS — Sold of large white turkey poults for  June 25th pickup date, with a limited supply of large white turkey poults for July 16th hatch/pick up date and good supply for July 30th.

SPECIALTY & CALL DUCKLINGS — IMPORTANT: Due to circumstances at the hatchery’s duck breeder, they have CANCELLED ALL PLACED SPECIALTY AND CALL DUCKLING ORDERS (except Pekins)until they find out if the breeders will produce sufficient quantity of eggs to start taking duckling orders again — We will post here when we know.

PEKIN DUCKLINGS and GOSLINGS — Pekins are sold out for June 25th and limited supply for July 15th hatch/pickup date.  Good supply of both pekins and goslings for our July 30th hatch/pickup date.

GUINEA HEN KEETS — Due to some supply issues which brought on a number of logistical issues, the guinea hen keet supplier, Bird’s Eye View Game Farm, has decided to take over all the sales of all guinea hen keets.   Any guinea hen keet orders should now be directed to Bird’s Eye Game Farm  (www.birdseyeviewgamefarm.com  905-349-3008 — 905-376-1745 cell) — All invoicing and payments will be made directly to them.  Our hatchery will deliver the keets to us for you to pickup at the store –Availability will be dependent upon hatch numbers.

READY-TO-LAY PULLETS — IMPORTANT: ***Ready-to-Lay orders already placed with us are now looking at sometime in AUGUST as earliest pickup date.  Demand for laying hens is up exponentially across the Province and availability is way down, with limited supply at our source.  We are working on a waiting list only for any laying hen orders placed now. ***Previously-placed orders will be filled in the order that payment was received.

We manufacture, on-site, our own chicken feeds suitable for feeding your backyard flock of meat chickens and/or laying hens.  Many poultry producers find that our mash feeds make an economical choice for their backyard flock. These poultry feeds (25 kg. bags), are made from locally-grown grains, combined into a mash feed which contains a pelleted protein supplement with all the vitamins and minerals required in a balanced diet for the healthy growth of your meat and laying chickens.

We also carry  Shur-Gain’s own “Small  Flock” and “Homestead” line of chicken and turkey feeds that come in a crumbled, uniform texture (in 25 kg. bags or 2 tonne bulk delivered on-farm) as an alternative ration to feed your flock.

We recommend placing all orders early this year as there is an unprecedented, exponential increase in demand for backyard poultry orders being placed with us and everywhere else in the Province.  This is mostly due to the current Covid-19 situation, plus hatching eggs are in short supply and hatching percentages are coming in lower and slower than normal.  The hatchery we work with is hoping to maintain their hatch dates for day-old meat chicks to the best of their ability, but the date you wish might be later than anticipated or what is typical for us any other year — Your patience and understanding through all this is much appreciated.

NOTE:  We recommend that you book your processing/killing date with your preferred poultry processor at the time of pickup of your backyard poultry order — This will avoid surprises if the processor is unable to take you at your preferred kill-date and cause you have to feed your flock past your desired weight until a kill-date is available.

DAY-OLD MEAT CHICKS, LAYER CHICKS & TURKEY POULTS  Note:  Egg Layer chicks are NOT available this year due to supply issues caused by the pandemic. To place your day-old chick or turkey order, please download/print off order form, fill in all the information and either drop off at store or scan/email your order to wrightsfeeds@gmail.comPayment is due when ordering and can be paid at the store in-person or call the store with your credit card. Once payment is received, your order will go into the hatchery.  We will contact you a day or two before the pick-up date of your order to confirm with a better idea when to expect the birds arrival at the store for your pickup day.

NB:  Birds must be picked up in Blackstock on confirmed pickup day – Sorry, no carry-over of birds to the following day or beyond.

We will complete your registration as a ‘Family Food Grower’ with CFO (Chicken Farmers of Ontario) if you are new to backyard poultry.  We will also register/file online your chick purchases by completing CFO’s Form 300 (a paper copy of which will be available when you pick up your order) which you are required to take along with your birds to the poultry processor. 

We will also register your turkey poult purchase information with TFO (Turkey Farmers of Ontario) once you’ve picked up your poults.

DUCKLINGS, GOSLINGS, GUINEA KEETS & PHEASANTS                                                           IMPORTANT:  ALL Specialty Ducklings and ALL Call Ducklings are UNAVAILABLE FOR BALANCE OF 2020 (see update, above).   Our Guinea Keet supplier, Bird’s Eye View Game Farm, has decided to take over all the sales of all guinea hen keets — Any guinea hen keet orders should now be directed to Bird’s Eye Game Farm  (www.birdseyeviewgamefarm.com  905-349-3008 — 905-376-1745 cell) — All invoicing and payments will be made directly to them.  Our hatchery will deliver the keets to us for you to pickup at the store –Availability will be dependent upon hatch numbers.     

To place your day-old duckling, gosling, guinea keets or pheasant chicks, please download/print off order form, fill in all the information and either drop off at store or scan/email your order to wrightsfeeds@gmail.comPayment is due when ordering and can be paid at the store in-person or call the store with your credit card.   Once payment is received, your order will go into the hatchery.  We will contact you a day or two before the pick-up date of your order to confirm with a better idea when to expect the birds arrival at the store for your pickup day.

NB:  Birds must be picked up in Blackstock on confirmed pickup day – Sorry, no carry-over of birds to the following day or beyond.

READY-TO-LAY CHICKENS

READY-TO-LAY CHICKENS  IMPORTANT:  ***Ready-to-Lay orders already placed with us are now looking at sometime in AUGUST as earliest pickup date.  Demand is up exponentially across the Province and availability is way down, with limited supply at our source.  We are working on a waiting list only for any laying hen orders placed now. ***Previously-placed orders will be filled in the order that payment was received. 

To place your for Ready-To-Lay Pullets, please download/print off order form, fill in all the information and either drop off at store or scan/email your order to wrightsfeeds@gmail.comPayment is due when ordering and can be paid at the store in-person or call the store with your credit card.  Once we know when the birds will be available, we will contact you with the scheduled pickup date — You can decide then if the pick-up date works for you.

***Order frequency of RTL chickens depends upon adequate order volume, the availability of pullets from supplier and timing of third-party delivery services.

NB:  Birds must be picked up in Blackstock on confirmed pickup day – Sorry, no carry-over of birds to the following day or beyond.  Please bring poultry transport crate(s) or large cardboard box(es) for the transport of your birds.

For your Information:  In Ontario, backyard laying hen flocks may have up to 99 hens without purchasing quota.  Ungraded eggs can only be sold from the actual farm gate location; Graded eggs (through a licensed grading station) may be sold anywhere, even from small flocks.

ORGANIC FEED FOR LAYING HENS & MEAT BIRDS:

If you are considering trying organic feeds for your backyard flock, Wright’s Feeds ‘N Needs floor-stocks year-round an Organic Layer Mash and during the chick-growing season, Organic Chick Starter & Organic Chick Grower.

***Give us a heads-up if you are interested in using all organic feeds for your meat bird or laying hen flocks — We only receive these products on a bi-monthly basis and we need a 2-3 week ordering window for our supplier to order/deliver.  Please give us ample time to fulfill your organic feed orders.

Egg Formation and Eggshell Quality in Layers — Understanding the factors that can affect shell quality is vital for the production of eggs with the highest quality possible.

Biosecurity for Small Poultry Facilities — Click for info to protect your flock.

Water Quality for Poultry–Nutrifax — A safe and adequate supply of water is essential for efficient poultry production.

REMINDER:  New backyard poultry producers will need to register as a Family Food Grower in Ontario.  

As a licensed Broker/Dealer for the Chicken Farmers of Ontario, we can obtain this number on your behalf after you place your chick order, providing us with your contact information and the location where your chicks will be grown.

If you are new to having your own backyard flock, we have prepared a downloadable document, CHICK CHECK LIST, that will give you all the details to prepare for your chicks and how to care for them as you grow them to market weight.

FEEDING YOUR CHICKENS & TURKEYS:

Basic Care for your Chicks, Turkeys, Pullets, Poults, Ducklings & Goslings — Click to download Shur-Gain’s fowl care program

Wright’s Feeds ‘N Needs manufactures, on-site, our own Chicken Feeds suitable for feeding your backyard flock of Meat Chickens and/or Laying Hens.  Many poultry producers find that our mash feeds make an economical choice for their backyard flock.

These poultry feeds (25 kg. bags), are made from locally-grown grains, combined into a mash feed which contains a pelleted protein supplement with all the vitamins and minerals required in a balanced diet for the healthy growth of your meat and laying chickens.

We also carry the Shur-Gain’s own“Small Flock” and/or “Homestead” line of chicken and turkey feeds that come in a crumbled, uniform texture (in 25 kg. bags or 2 tonne bulk delivered on-farm) as an alternative ration to feed your flock.

Here is Shur-Gain’s Small Flock Poultry Program Brochure that will give you lots of information about their feeding program from day-old to market.

Any questions that you may have about raising your own backyard flock can be directed to any staff at Wright’s Feeds ‘N Needs — we’d be happy to help.

Feel free to email us at customercare@wrightsfeeds.ca for current pricing information or to ask us any questions.

POULTRY INDUSTRY LINKS:

Family Food Program of Ontario

Chicken Farmers of Ontario

Turkey Farmers of Ontario

Egg Farmers of Ontario

Ontario Hatching Egg & Chick Commission

Chicken Farmers of Canada

Egg Farmers of Canada