The tractor supply store in Dixon has lots of chicks for sale. These are all females to raise as laying hens. What is missing are the males. They do not lay eggs so are put into a meat grinder after they hatch and are sorted.
Thanks to the help of members and market customers at Eatwell Farm, we raise our own chicks and the males do not meet the same fate. Our breed is Black Austrolorps, which is a dual purpose breed that was once one of the industry standard breeds. The males are raised until 16 weeks old when they go to be great roast chickens. The females go into the laying flock. In July we will have heritage roosters for sale, oven ready. In September a few ready to lay hens will be made available to members and BarnRaiser supporters. I will have pre-orders set up on the webstore by the end of April. - Nigel