Heritage Poultry

We raise several breeds of heritage poultry and sell chicks, turkey poults, goslings and guinea keets. We also raise a limited number of birds to sell as juveniles or young adults. These birds will be posted as they become available.

Do you have a special request? Looking for a bulk price on a large order of chicks, cockerels to raise for the freezer, or perhaps you would like us to grow out pullets to laying age for you? Let us know at caitlin@doublefortefarm.com! We would love to hear from you. We are open to special requests and will do our best to meet them if we can.

We can hatch your eggs in our incubator. Please contact us for details and pricing.

Looking for a rare heritage breed that we do not yet offer? Please let us know! Maybe it will be our next project!

These are the breeds we raise:

Ameraucana Chickens

Ameraucanas are quirky-looking chickens with delightful “mutton chops” (more properly called muffs). They lay beautiful pastel blue eggs. This American breed will add interest to both your flock and your egg basket.

We breed true Ameraucanas (not Easter Eggers).

Please note, we will have a limited number of Ameraucana chicks available in 2017. They will be $5 each, straight run only. The minimum purchase for chicks is four chicks (you may mix and match breeds).

 

Delaware Chickens

According to The Livestock Conservancy, Delawares were developed by George Ellis of Delaware in 1940 and were used for the production of broilers. The breed originated from crosses of Barred Plymouth Rock roosters and New Hampshire hens. A few off-colored sports were produced that were almost white with black barring on the hackles, primaries, secondaries, and tail. This coloration is very similar to the Colombian color pattern, but with the barring substituting for the black sections. For about twenty years the Delaware and the Delaware x New Hampshire cross were the most popular broiler chickens on the Delmarva Peninsula, because of the Delaware’s ability to produce offspring with predominately white feathering. This is an advantage for carcass appearance since white feathers don’t leave dark spots on the skin when feathers are growing in. Both the Delaware and the Delaware x New Hampshire were replaced in the late 1950’s by the Cornish x Rock cross (solid white) that has come to dominate the industry.

Though its economic dominance was short lived, the Delaware still makes an excellent dual-purpose bird. It has well-developed egg and meat qualities, and a calm and friendly disposition. The breed is noted for rapid growth and fast feathering of the chicks. Cocks grow to 8 pounds and hens to 6 pounds. They have moderately large combs and medium sized head and neck. Their body is moderately long, broad, and deep. The keel is also long, extending well to front at the breast and rear of the legs. The legs are well set apart and are large and muscular.

Chicks will be available in 2017 for $5 each, straight run only. The minimum purchase for chicks is four chicks (you may mix and match breeds).

 

Dominique

Dominiques, American’s first chicken breed, are on the Livestock Conservancy’s “watch” list. They are beautiful barred chickens with rose combs, and they lay light brown eggs. They are medium-sized birds and do well in both hot and cold weather. The Dominique is a dual-purpose breed, and hens lay 230 – 275 small or medium brown eggs per year, according to the Livestock Conservancy.

Chicks will be available in 2017 for $5 each, straight run only. The minimum purchase for chicks is four chicks (you may mix and match breeds).

 

Welsummer Chickens

Originally from Holland, Welsummers lay gorgeous dark brown eggs. They have pleasant dispositions and are good layers of large eggs.

Chicks will be available in 2017 for $6 for pullets and $3 for cockerels. The minimum order for chicks is four chicks (you may mix and match breeds). Order 5 or more cockerels for a discounted price of $2 each!

Welsummers are the only breed we sell as sexed chicks. This is because they can be sexed at hatch by their markings – the lines on the heads of the females are clearer and more distinct than on the males. Sexing chicks in this way is quite reliable, but is not always 100% accurate. We do not guarantee the gender of our chicks, but we will certainly do our best to ensure that you get the gender you order!

 

Chocolate Turkeys

This beautiful variety of heritage turkey is listed as “Critical” by The Livestock Conservancy, and is in desperate need of conservation. We hope to do our part!

Chocolate turkeys were nearly extinct at one time, with the total population going down to only twelve birds! They are chocolate in color (milk chocolate rather than dark chocolate). The poults have chocolate bodies and white heads. This is a gentle variety of turkey, and our parent stock is quite friendly.

Poults will be available in 2018 for $10 each, straight run only. The minimum order for poults is four (you may mix and match breeds).

 

Guinea Fowl

Our guinea fowl help us with pest control and are very entertaining! We have a small flock of guineas (mostly pearl, and one lavender), which came to us from a local Amish farm. Keets will be available in 2018 for $4 each, straight run only. The minimum order for keets is four.

 

Pilgrim Geese

Pilgrims are beautiful geese, and the breed is considered “threatened” by the Livestock Conservancy. According to the Livestock Conservancy: The Pilgrim goose is known for being calm and personable. It is one of two American goose breeds that is sexually dimorphic (auto-sexing), the other being the Cotton Patch breed. Day-old males are silver-yellow with light-colored bills, in contrast to the olive-gray females with their darker bills. Adult ganders [males] are mostly white, usually with gray rumps (which are covered by the wings) and traces of color in the tail and wings. Mature geese [females] are soft dove-gray with varying amounts of white in their faces. Bills and legs are orange in both sexes, while the eyes are blue in ganders and dark brown in geese.

Pilgrims are medium-sized geese, weighing 13 – 14 pounds at maturity. The head is trim, the crown is often slightly flattened and the neck is average in length and thickness. Their bodies are full and plump, with a smooth, keel-less breast. They should have two rounded fatty lobes on the abdomen. Properly managed, they lay 35-45 six to seven ounce white eggs annually.

Goslings will be available for sale in 2018 for $25 each. The minimum order is two goslings.

 


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