Chicks & Ducklings

Livestock Sales:
Wild Acres hatches 18 different heritage chicks, Runner ducklings, turkey poults and goslings for gate sales. We ship standard size (larger chicks) chicks to select ACE depots in BC and Alberta. We ship Runner ducklings to select ACE depots in BC only.

We do not ship chicks or ducklings to Vancouver island or other BC islands due to the length of time it takes to get there. Please see our shipping locations listed below.

Pick ups are done at our farm gate and are usually prearranged for Sunday afternoons. Due to our biosecurity program please do not drive or walk into our farmyard. We will meet you at the gate when you pick up your chicks or eggs. 

Purchasing from us means you accept and agree to our terms and conditions. Please see our breed list for more information.

We cannot guaranteed shipment dates but we can stay in touch and give you an approximate time frame. We do test hatches and check for fertility prior to shipments to ensure quality chicks and hatching eggs.
In order to hold your place in queue we require an order form and a 20% deposit.
Emails are preferred and we can answer questions more readily this way as well.

Our 2019 order forms are available on our webpage menu. 

PDF Fillable Order Form Directions:
Open the order form, fill it in , save it to your computer (ie. your desktop or documents) and then send it back to Wild Acres at info@wildacres.ca  
If you have any problems please contact us via email. Thank you. 

All livestock is subject to availability.

Please read our Poultry and Waterfowl Policies listed below. 

When hatching or shipping chicks there is normally 50/50 male and female ratio, but no guarantees. Therefore the rule of thumb for ordering chicks is to order twice as many chicks as you would want hens. 

We do not guarantee show quality. 

Sorry, but we do not ship to the USA or Internationally.

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PRICES AND AVAILIBITY:  DAY OLD CHICKS , GOSLINGS & DUCKLINGS:
See our price list for more details

Most Standard Chicken Breeds: 
$12 a chick/unsexed, $5 egg/$60 doz.

Marans, Orpingtons, Swedish Flower Hens, Polish, Brabanter, Houdan,
Silkie and D’Uccle:
 
$15 a chick/unsexed, $6 egg/$72 doz.

Cream Legbar: (auto-sex chicks-limited)
$20 female, $10 male, $6 egg/$72 doz.

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Mixed Flock Indian Runner Ducklings: 
$15 each/unsexed, $5 egg/$60 doz.

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Mixed Flock Turkey Poults: limited
$15 each/unsexed, hatching eggs not sold
(will post on our facebook page when available)

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African Goslings: limited
$25 each/hatching eggs not sold
(will post on our facebook page when available)

We do not ship chicks or ducklings to personal residences but we will ship them to select ACE Courier Depots where you can pick them up. Their shipping prices are very reasonable and comparable to Canada Post.
You save money when you pick up your shipped chicks at these depots and they get to you sooner. We will acquire a shipping quote for you prior to completing your order.

The ACE Courier depots listed below are the depots we currently ship to and have had good results from. Some ACE Courier depot offices are smaller and we do ship to them based on their hours of operation etc.

We do not ship chicks or ducklings to Vancouver island or other BC islands due to the time it takes to get there.

We have entered some pricing from 2017 for shipping through ACE Courier.
This was for 12-25 chicks in a standard size box. Prices may vary slightly for 2018-2019 and 2020.

Burnaby
Branch # 10
2830 Norland Ave.
Burnaby BC
V5B 3A7
604-294-9141
Edmonton $28.67
Branch # 24
8808-58 Avenue
Edmonton AB
T6E 5P7
780-468-4445
Port Kells
Branch # 9
A6 – 9305 194 St.
Surrey, BC
V4N 4G1
604-882-2025
Castlegar
Branch # 18
1368 Forest Rd.
Castlegar, BC
V1N 3Y5
250-365-0269
Cranbrook
Branch # 19
1505 4th St North
Cranbrook, BC
V1C 2J4
250-426-2601
Calgary $23.68
Branch # 20
#122-3016 10th Ave. NE
Calgary, AB
T2A 6A3
403-235-6464
Lethbridge
Branch # 21
3106 9th Ave. N.
Lethbridge, Alberta
T1H 5E5
403-329-3982
Medicine Hat$20.88
Branch # 22
574 – 18th St. S.W.
Medicine Hat Alberta
T1A  8A7
403-527-7466
Red Deer
Branch # 23
Bay 2&3, 7957 Edgar Industrial Way
Red Deer, AB
T4P 3R2
403-342-2269
Abbotsford
Branch # 9-1
#5 31059 Peardonville
Abbotsford,
v2t 6k5
604-852-8939
Penticton
Branch 12-1
108-1219 Commercial Way
Penticton, BC
V2A 3H4
250-492-5000
Quesnel   $20.98
Branch # 16-1
1218 Cariboo Hwy North
Quesnel, BC
V2J 2Y4
250-961-9940
Golden $20.75
Branch # 17-1
1016 9th Ave.
Golden BC.
V0A 1H2
250-344-1018
Grand Forks
Branch # 18-2
350 Industrial Rd # B
Grand Forks, BC
V0H 1H0
250-442-7356
 Prince George
Branch # 16
5422 Hartway Dr.
Prince George BC
V2K 5B6250-962-2480


Shipping/packaging costs are not included in our chick pricing.
(see our price list for more details)

 Please click on the blue link below for more information on ACE Courier

http://www.acecourier.bc.ca/contacts-v2/

In order to calculate shipping of poultry or waterfowl we require:
a completed order form including your address,
phone number , email, amount of chicks or ducklings
if you have problems filling in the order form please send us an email and let us know and we will assist you

 Deposits hold your place in the queue and reserve your order.

 Payments For Shipping Orders can be made by:
Interac Email Transfers to info@wildacres.ca

Payments for Pick Up Orders can be made by:
Cash at the gate
Interac Email Transfers prior to pick up.

Sorry, No Personal Cheques, PayPal or Visa.

 Please check out the links below for more information
on how to pay by interact email transfer:

https://www.rbcroyalbank.com/onlinebanking/bankingusertips/emt/send.html

http://interac.ca/en/interac-e-transfer-consumer.html?gclid=CNzn_tXO0NICFUtNfgod7t8HzA

Poultry and Waterfowl Policies:

    1. All chicks, duckings, goslings and turkey poults are sold straight run/unsexed (50% male/50% female) 
    2. Goslings, turkey poults, bantams and some of our rare breeds are gate sales only. Please see our order form for more information.
    3. We ship standard sized (large chicks) to select ACE Courier depots in BC and Alberta during April and May. See above.
    4. We ship Runner ducklings to select ACE Courier depots in BC.
    5. We do not ship chicks or ducklings to Vancouver island or other BC islands due to the length of time it takes to get there.
    6. We will not be selling or shipping pullets or adult birds.
    7. We will ship 12 to 25 standard sized chicks per order.
    8. 8-10 ducklings minimum per order
    9. Orders of less then 25 chicks usually require a 72 hour heat pack.
    10. All fertile eggs, chicks and waterfowl must be paid in full before shipping. No COD orders.
    11. To ensure your commitment,  a deposit of 20% must be paid when you are ready to place your order ( a minimum of $20 on small chick or waterfowl orders)
    12. Payments are made by Interac email transfer prior to shipping or pick up at the gate to info@wildacres.ca If you are picking up we will also accept cash.
    13. We do not refund deposits on chicks, poults, waterfowl nor eggs unless we can’t supply the order. 
    14. Wild Acres does not refund or replace the loss of any birds once it is in your custody.
    15. We show poultry and breed towards the Standard of Perfection but we cannot guarantee show quality. 
    16. For biosecurity reasons, we cannot have birds return to our farm once they have left the property.
    17. Also due to our biosecurity program please do not drive or walk into our farmyard. We will meet you at the gate when you pick up your chicks or eggs. 

Receiving Shipped Day Old Chicks:

Image result for UniHeat Pack72 Hour UniHeat Pack : 38C (100F) for shipping chicks

Standard Size Chick Box for 25 chicks, 12″ X 10″ X 7″ (6″ headroom) The holes in the box are 9/16″

Image result for Grogel   GroGel Plus-B

Nest pad for chick shipping boxes to keep the babies from sliding around in the box during transit.

We add a nesting pad to a required chick box for shipping, GroGel Plus-B  in four small containers for the chicks to eat as well as a 72 hr. UniHeat Pack that will keep your chicks at 38C (100F). GroGel Plus-B provides immediate nutrition and hydration for all baby poultry in a very concentrated and digestible form. GroGel Plus-B mixes easily with water to form a shiny green, edible gel that reverses dehydration and provides critical nutrients and probiotic bacteria.

Chicks eating GroGel

Just prior to hatching, a chick absorbs all the remaining nutrients from within its egg. With this nourishment, the chick can survive for up to three days without food or water. This makes it possible to ship. In the nest, this process allows the mother to wait out the hatching of other chicks in her clutch before tending to the early hatchers.

We will not ship or complete your order form until we get all the details from ACE Courier service. Their delivery time is 1.5-2 days to Edmonton or Calgary from Vernon, BC.

Caring for Chicks: (Please see our Care Tip page for more information)

No matter how they arrive at your home, chicks all need the same care if they aren’t raised by a hen. The crucial elements for successfully raising newborn chicks come down to the following: 

Heat: Chicks need a safe heat source and a constant temperature between 32 degrees Celsius or 89.6 degrees Fahrenheit for their first week. A 250-watt incandescent bulb, safely attached, will do the trick. Use a brooder guard to keep out drafts.

Food: Feed your chicks commercial chick starter for the first two months. If you are new to owning chicks medicated feed may be a good idea. They should always have feed in their brooder. Scatter food on a paper towel flooring or shop towels the first few days and place the feeder in the middle but not directly under the heat.

Water: Have a chick waterer available at all times.  Dip their beaks in the water when they first hatch or arrive home to show them where it is. Clean the waterer daily and raise it on wooden or cement blocks as the chicks grow to keep it out of the dirty shavings.

We like to add a pinch or two of Electrovite DVL (vitamins and electrolytes) and tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a chick gallon waterer. Do not use ACV in a metal waterer as it will cause rust. Use it in a plastic waterer only.

Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits Are:
*Reduces intestinal and fecal odors.
*Aids in digestion. *Helps to break down minerals and fats.
*Assists the animal to assimilate proteins. *Assists the animal to convert food better.
*It lowers the pH of the digestive tract which will make an environment less welcoming to pathogens therefore may reduce common infections and increases resistance to disease. *Improves stamina and fertility. *It is a great overall tonic that will improve the general well being of the animal.
If started while Birds are young (1-1/2 to 2 weeks), birds
*Will feather out quicker. *Are hardier. *Grow to their potential sooner when used with an adequate feed. *Apple Cider Vinegar is rich in the vitamins, minerals and trace elements found in apples, especially potassium. * It will normalize pH levels in the stomach, improve digestion and the assimilation of nutrients. *Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) wont work as a “Natural” Wormier it has little affect on worms.
Cautions:
Do not use metal water dishes (except stainless steel).
Vinegar should not be used internally with animals that have an irritated lining of the intestinal tract.
Do not use Apple Cider Vinegar while treating for worms or coccidiosis.

An article from the Chicken Chick:
Chicken Heat Stress, Dehydration and Homemade Electrolyte Solution
http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/07/chicken-heat-stress-dehydration-and/
“Acidified water affects laying hens by making the calcium in her feed a little less digestible (based on chemistry….calcium is a positive ion, and dissociates better in a more alkaline environment). Professional farmers regularly add baking soda to their feed when heat stress is expected….this maintains egg shell quality when hens’ feed consumption drops due to the heat.”
In summary, during high heat conditions, baking soda facilitates calcium absorption while vinegar inhibits it. SKIP the vinegar in the heat, opting for an electrolyte solution instead.
An article from Fresh Eggs Daily:
http://www.fresheggsdaily.com/2012/07/hot-weather-acidosis-and-homemade.html
Temperatures between 55-75F (12.77-23.88C) are optimal, anything higher starts to cause stress to their bodies.

Arrival: Prepare your brooder, heat source, food and waterer before chicks arrive home. As soon as your chicks arrive, place them in a brooder. Too much handling can wear them out and cause stress.
You can buy a brooder or make one yourself. It’s basically an enclosed pen with a good heat source such as a 250 watt heat lamp or electric brooder hen for chicks.

We also like to use red reptile lights during the hotter summer months or as the chicks grow. They can be found in a pet store and have 75-150 wattage. The brooder environment should be large enough to provide at least one-half of a square foot per chick.

Chicks dehydrate during shipping so place each chick’s beak in the waterer when they arrive so they know where to drink. For best results, provide chicks in the brooder with at least two waterers and one to two feed sources. Keep the waters and feed fairly close to the heat source but not directly under it.

Growing Up: As the chicks get older, you can lower the temperature in the brooder by about five degrees each week or switch to a lower wattage. When the outside temperature is about the same as the brooder temperature, you can move the chicks to a secure outdoor coop.

At about six weeks of age, most chicks have feathers, so they can probably survive outdoors, but it’s best to wait until they are eight weeks old.

   

Question: Do you check for mg or other diseases on a regular basis?

We are on good terms with our veterinarian and they visit our farm a few times a year or when we need them. We have not had any major diseases and we breed for vigor and APA standards. We set biosecurity standards on our farm so we meet customers at the gate for pick up orders and we do not allow farm visits. We do not allow sold birds to return to our property and we do not buy or sell adult birds. 

We show birds throughout the year and most of our flock is between 1-3 years of age.  This year we showed our birds at the IPE, National Poultry Show,  Fall Feast and Winter Poultry Show. Any birds showing the slightest signs of anything before the show are eliminated by USA or Canadian judges so we are very careful about having very healthy birds. 

We want to win and keep our good reputation so we strive to improve our breed lines every year. We wash, dry and feed the show birds extra goodies before, during and after the shows. We also quarantine them before and after the shows.   

Throughout the year and especially during the breeding season we spend a lot of money on high quality feed. It has more added protein as well as Non-GMO pellets. We give our birds extra vitamins/minerals and apple cider vinegar year round. We also provide food enhancements such as grains, seeds. fruits, vegetables, alfalfa, garlic, kelp and herbs.

We only hatch eggs that are inspected for cleanliness,cracks, shell thickness, shape, colour and meet the correct criteria for that breed. We cull chicks that do not hatch well or show any signs of weakness and we continue to assess our chicks and chickens throughout their lives. We retain only the best for breeding  and we strive for healthy strong chickens that meet the APA standards as much as possible.

Our top show hens are in our breeding pens and at times we let many of them out to free range. Our best roosters are in special rooster pens or separated. We keep unrelated roosters and pick out only the best show quality ones for breeding. We prefer 1-3 year old roosters for breeding purposes and we either rotate them through the pens or we use two roosters or more together to aid in the gene pool.  

No roosters will be introduced into the hens breeding pen until they have a nice long winter rest. All our poultry is regularly dewormed and inspected year round. Each one is marked with a coloured leg band so I know who has been inspected and what year they were in the breeding pen.  If you have any questions please feel free to ask.