The Pampered Pullets Farm
Fall & Winter 2014
Our normal chick season runs from October through June. This year may be a bit different. With the price of feed finally stabilizing and in many cases dropping, we are finding that people are getting back into raising chickens and increasing the number of birds they keep. This next two months will tell a lot about how the chick season will go.
We are hatching small batches of heavy breed chicks in Barred Plymouth Rock, Delaware, and Rhode Island Red. We will also, on occasion, be hatching Black and Red sex-links and also Serama's that we will be hatching in limited numbers.
You may notice that started pullets are difficult to find. Many people want these to save them from having to go through the chick rearing stage. But again, the economic factor comes into play. Most people are only wanting to pay 8-10 dollars for a bird of laying age. The problem lies in the fact that it costs approximately 18 dollars to get a pullet to laying age with the price of corn at what it is today. So if you must have started pullets then realize that you will be paying between 20 and 25 dollars per bird.
Looking at the crop reports for this year it appears we had a bumper crop of corn and soybeans and so we are all hoping for feed prices to continue to drop to make owning poultry more economically feasable. It is still a great way to go. There is nothing like being able to walk out to your henhouse and pick out a few choice eggs for your breakfast meal. Or that Sunday chicken dinner with poultry you know were raised the right way. In good times or bad, poultry have always been a mainstay to a quality of life.
Sorry, But we do not ship chicks.
Well, we have done it! Though most of our business is done by way of mail order, we have found a great need to have products readily available for our local customers. Our product warehouse has been a great hit with our local customers. It's not huge but it does the job and we can always expand later if need be. We are currently stocking a wide array of poultry products and also some of the more popular livestock products. We are also in the process of adding a full line of rabbit products. If we don't have a product in stock, we can usually have most products here within 48 hours.
If you are one of our local customers, we still would suggest calling ahead or emailing us with your order so that we can make sure that your order will be ready for pick-up. This is a working farm and we at times have to be away so please call before coming to make sure we will be here. We will have no set hours of operation for this facility because there are so many variables but we are usually available from 7:00 am until 11:00 pm 7 days a week. If it is an emergency, please give us a call and we can arrange pickup of any in- stock product.
Local Area Shows/Swaps/Sales
The following is a list of swaps, shows and sales for the central Florida area.
Most of these we will be attending.
If you would like to pre-order product and have us bring it to the show,
this would save you shipping charges.
Simply fill out an order form and send it along with your payment and
clearly mark on the form which show you would like us to bring your product to.
All swaps are subject to weather. Dates and times may change due to conflicting swaps, shows or fairs.
Please contact the swap host for further details.