Wild Acres is located in Armstrong, British Columbia, Canada. Since 2012 our small family-owned breeder farm has been selling and showing heritage chicks, ducklings, turkey poults, goslings, hatching eggs and registered Nubian dairy goats. Our colourful eating eggs from our free range chickens are sold year-round at our farm gate.
Hatching eggs can be picked up at our farm or shipped via Xpresspost to BC, YT, AB, SK, MB, and ON in April, May and June. Day-old poultry and waterfowl can be picked up at our farm in May and June and this is usually arranged for Sunday afternoons. We will no longer be shipping hatching eggs to Quebec or the eastern provinces due to shipping delays, cost factors and other circumstances.
We also breed, show and sell quality CLRC registered Nubian dairy goats. These colourful and show winning Nubians are healthy and come from many generations of champion milk lines. Our Nubian goats have tested negative for CL, CAE and Johne’s since 9/02/16 and for G6-S from July 2019. Our Nubian bucks and does are only used for our own breeding program. Our herd is bred for correct confirmation, dairy character and supports strong mammary systems. We sell a limited number of goats each year by pre-order.
We prefer to operate on a smaller scale and we have no intention of becoming a commercial hatchery or owning a large herd of registered Nubian goats. Spending quality time with each animal on our farm is essential.
OUR POULTRY BREEDS, WATERFOWL AND NUBIAN GOATS:
Wild Acres breeds many unique and beautiful chickens including the Crele Legbar, Cream Brabanter, Swedish Flower Hen, Silver Laced Polish, Mottled Houdan, Breda Fowl, Ameraucana, Marans, Australorp, Jersey Giant, Cuckoo Lavender Orpington, Jubilee Orpington, Wyandotte, Welsummer, Standard Cochin, Olive Egger and Silkie. However, some of our breeds may not be available every year as we work towards improving or replenishing our breeding flocks. Please see our online store, breed webpages and our price list for more information.
We have enjoyed showing our registered Nubian goats and heritage poultry/waterfowl at the Interior Provincial Exhibition, West National Goat Show, Salmon Arm Fair, APA Canadian National Poultry Show, Fall FeatherFest and the Feather Fancier Show. At Wild Acres we always strive for quality rather than quantity!
- We do not vaccinate our birds nor raise birds on antibiotics.
- The orders for hatching eggs, chicks, poults and waterfowl are completed on our online store webpage.
- Due to the rising cost of fuel Canada Post has added a shipping fuel surcharge so the shipping quote given by our online store will have to be recalculated prior to shipment.
- We started taking orders on Nov. 1st and we are already sold out for April and May for our hatching eggs, chicks and ducklings.
- Any new orders placed for product that is available will not shipped or be picked up until sometime in June as we work through our order queue.
- If it is not in our online store, then we are sold out of that product for 2022 or it is not currently available.
- Some breeds will not be available for 2022 as we work towards replenishing those flocks.
- Our hatching eggs are only available in April, May and June.
- With our smaller poultry breeding flocks we can only offer a 6-12 eggs or less per week from each breed.
- The minimum order for shipping is 12 hatching eggs.
- All livestock will be picked up at our farm gate (no shipping).
- Unsexed day-old chicks and ducklings are only available in May and June for pick up.
- All livestock and hatching eggs are subject to availability.
- There is a limit as to the number of unsexed chicks available for each breed as we keep smaller flocks.
- We do not sell laying hens, pullets nor other adult birds and we do not take back any birds once they are purchased and leave our property due to biosecurity reasons.
- We do not lend out our incubators due to biosecurity protocols.
- We do not ship hatching eggs or poultry outside of Canada.
- There are no guarantees that ordered hatching eggs or picked up eggs will hatch or what the hatch rate will be due to the many variables involved with shipping, handling and incubation.
- We cannot guarantee shipment dates of hatching eggs, but we can stay in touch and give you an approximate time frame.
- To ensure fertile hatching eggs and chicks we do test hatches regularly during the spring months.
- We breed towards the Standard of Perfection and occasionally show our poultry/waterfowl, but we cannot guarantee show quality for livestock or hatching egg sales.
- Canada Post does not insure eggs nor offer refunds, nor do we.
- Xpresspost shipping rates are updated each year around Jan. 11th.
- Our online store will give you a approximate shipping quote for hatching egg shipments.
- Canada Post has added a fuel surcharge so your shipping quote may increase.
- Please see our shipping examples page for estimates from previous years. https://wildacres.ca/shipping-charge-examples/
- We will keep you up to date on our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/wildacres.ca
- See our policy pages for more information.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, things are moving more slowly at Canada Post. They have waived guaranteed delivery times for all parcels. To read more about Canada Post’s new protocols and potential delays visit www.canadapost.ca
- Please read our Biosecurity Policies https://wildacres.ca/biosecurity/
- For biosecurity reasons please do not drive or walk into our farmyard.
- We will meet you at the gate when you pick up your chicks, waterfowl or eggs.
- If you have any questions regarding our livestock or store, please contact us via email.
WILD ACRES PHILOSOPHY:
We strive to improve our heritage breed stock with each generation. Excellent nutrition and care play a key role in our animals’ well-being and in the quality of our shipped hatching eggs. We believe in being responsible breeders and we also value old-fashioned breeding techniques that promote a healthy flock.
We do not vaccinate our birds nor raise birds on antibiotics but believe in strengthening the chickens’ and waterfowls immune systems and gene pools with careful selection over several generations and a more holistic approach of good food, free ranging and culling as needed. It takes several generations of keen observation and ongoing daily care of poultry to hatch, raise and breed birds that can thrive in free range mixed poultry setting without the use of antibiotics or vaccines.
To improve our flocks from one generation to the next we:
-strive for natural immunity and free range our flock for most of the year in our growing orchard/permaculture environment
-only bring in unrelated show lines and quality stock if needed for gene pool strengthening and we prefer to use hatching eggs for biosecurity reasons
-quarantine poultry both before and after shows
-regularly consult with our veterinarian
-select our best stock for poultry shows and breeding purposes over several generations
-carefully choose the largest and richest coloured eggs with the strongest shells for hatching and shipping purposes
-consistently work towards the American Poultry Association Standards and cull birds that show signs of sickness, weaknesses or aggressive temperaments
–practice biosecurity and do not allow farm visits or tours
(See our biosecurity page)
-all pick up sales transactions are done at our front gate and by appointment
-do not allow any birds to return to our property once purchased
–achieve these goals without vaccines
NATURAL LIGHTING AND PREMACULTURE:
We firmly believe in giving our poultry and waterfowl the time they need to recuperate after the spring and summer breeding season. Therefore, we allow our poultry and waterfowl to free range for most of the year in mixed flock groupings.
Adding artificial lighting to poultry breeding pens can alter individual behaviour, with often drastic and potentially negative effects on biological rhythms, daily activity and reproduction. Light pollution disrupts sleep in free-living animals (nih.gov)
It can be stressful for birds to add artificial lighting to their breeding pen year-round just to improve egg production or fertility. This depletes their nutritional stores and wears out both the hens and the roosters prematurely. We noticed this in our early years on our farm and we have decided not to give our breeding flocks artificial lights or to prolong their natural breeding season beyond the spring and summer months. The health of our poultry and waterfowl comes first above sales or reproduction so hatching eggs, chicks and their sales are limited to only a few months in the spring each year.
We believe in old-fashioned values and we want to produce vigorous birds that are beautiful, lay well and can live together in harmony. Therefore, we are in the process of creating a permaculture food forest for our livestock so that they can enjoy their lives more fully year-round. Their health has been enhanced as they forage for fruit, berries, veggies, herbs, grasses and insects in an edible forest. The food forest also provides a more natural habitat that provides protection from the natural elements and predators.
“Permaculture is a holistic, living-in-harmony-with-nature worldview, as well as technical approach for how to do so.”https://modernfarmer.com/2016/04/permaculture/
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Please read our Terms and Conditions under our Policy webpages.
We rely heavily on word of mouth and repeat customer business, and this is why we ensure all our customers get the best service and advice possible – so please, if you have any further questions, which have not been answered on our website, don’t hesitate to contact us via email. Thank you for your patience and for supporting our farm!
You can find more information and pictures concerning our poultry, waterfowl and Nubian goats on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/wildacres.ca/
Please see our Contact Page for a map to our farm.