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Eggs in the incubator!

31 Jan

If your family is involved in a 4-H poultry program or know someone who is, we are offering our early season hatches to 4-H members first so they can make the entry dates. No minimum order and quantities are limited. I am getting most of these eggs from quality breeders and offering ALL at discounted prices to verified 4-H families.

Scheduled to hatch:
Serama – February 25-26 pickup Some pens include silkied Serama and frizzle Serama so some chicks may carry these genes. Very delicate and tiny! While these birds come from very good stock, this is a novelty breed and not all chicks will grow out to show quality.

Heritage turkeys – March 4-5 pickup. Our own Walnut Hill Farm birds, variety of colors.

Meat line (heritage/BB cross) turkeys – March 4-5 pickup
Vigorous birds that grow large, 30 pound young toms are common. These are meat pen birds with easy livability from our own Walnut Hill Farm meat line. These are the stars of our Thanksgiving market.

Coming soon: Purebred Ameraucana (white, lavender, blue, black, splash), Silkie, Call Duck, Ohiki, and Ohiki Easter Eggers!

Keep watching this post as we add more hatches. Any unsold to 4-H after these weekends will be available to the general public.

 
 

Preorder your specialty chicks and Walnut Hill Farm turkeys now!

03 Jan

We are now accepting requests for chicken and turkey varieties to be hatched Spring 2017. Sorry, we do not ship. All chicks and poults need to be picked up at the farm.

Silver Spangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben $15 each straight run (last week of February through last week of March)

  • Silver Spangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben 

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Ayam Cemani (cockerels only) $50 each with no more than one CLEAR toenail on each foot at hatch. While parent stock is all black, this breed has a very high cull rate for recessive color genetics. No guarantee on adult colors. These are PURE Ayam Cemani with great fibro expression in the parent stock and no leakage. As available…cannot tell when hens will choose to lay. These are wild type layers, producing only a few clutches a year. Orders will be filled in order of request.

  • Ayam Cemani 

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Easter Eggers bred for shades of aqua to olive $5 each straight run. These are great year round layers. (last week of February through last week of March)

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Heritage turkeys (colors include Narragansett, Bronze, Golden Narragansett, Red Bronze, Dark Gray, Narragansett phenotype) $15. We will try to fill color requests but due to the number of color combinations possible, please be willing to be flexible on color or get birds from multiple hatches. (Hatching February – June)

  • Heritage turkey 

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Meat line turkeys (colors may include Bronze phenotype, Oregon Gray, White, Dark Gray, Cornish Palm, Narragansett phenotype, Bronze phenotype, Sweetgrass phenotype) with young tom weights 25 to 37 lb at 28 weeks. $15 assorted colors. Limited availability. (Small hatches February – June)

  • Meat Line turkey 

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Thanksgiving turkeys 2016

24 Jul

We’ll be starting to take reservations for Thanksgiving turkeys in the next few weeks, but we wanted to take a few minutes to let you know what’s going on at the farm.

Sometime in August, we should start getting eggs from our young pullets.  Hatched on our farm from eggs purchased from heritage breeders across the country, we’ve added breeds including Silver Spangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben, Araucana, Ameraucana, Lavender Orpington, Red Dorking, Cream Legbar, Dark Cornish, Blue Copper Marans, Black Copper Marans and Naked Neck.  These breeds offer a rainbow of egg colors from white to cream to pink to tan to medium brown to cocoa brown as well as shades of pale blue, aqua, green and olive.  And whenever you hatch eggs, you hatch cockerels as well as hens.  I have young cockerels ready to join your flock, grace your yard with a joyful crow every morning, or join you at the dinner table.

For the first time ever, all turkeys that will be sold for Thanksgiving will be from eggs laid by birds raised here on the farm.  In the past we’ve ordered poults from hatcheries and from breeders (too inconsistent, quality issues, not always shipped on schedule) as well as from eggs shipped in from heritage turkey breeders (USPS is the only shipper of hatching eggs, and they sometimes have a very rough trip).  Hatching our own eggs from our own hens has resulted in a really nice batch of young hens and toms, and we have a few that are big enough to harvest now if you want a summertime turkey dinner or just to freeze until you are ready.

All of these turkeys are heritage turkeys.  These are Narragansett, Oregon Gray, Bronze, Golden Narragansett and Red Bronze that we’ve been carefully selecting and breeding to produce big, healthy, active turkeys.  They are meaty birds with the rich and wonderful flavor of the heritage turkey.  The largest young toms should tip the scales at around 30-35 pounds if grown out until Thanksgiving.  Since we had continuous small hatches from February through June, we will have turkeys to fit every size from 7 to 30 pounds.

 
 

Spring is here!

16 Mar

Spring is here. We’ve started hatching our 2016 turkeys, and will have chicks hatching starting next week. We will be replacing our current layer flock with breeds such as Black Copper Marans, Lavender Orpington, Appenzeller Spitzhauben, Sulmtaler, Crested Legbar, Cuckoo Marans, Araucana, Ameraucana, Olive Egger and Easter Egger for a more colorful egg selection. Stay tuned for chick pics!  We have fresh eggs daily.20160220_210507[2]
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Final round of 2015 Roasters

26 Jun

We have our final harvest of Cornish cross roasters scheduled for August 14. If you would like to reserve one, please email farmer@walnuthillfarmmi.com before August 14. Price is $5.00 per pound processed and bagged in a heavy freezer bag, or $5.50 per pound processed and shrink bagged (as shown).  Weights range from 4.5 to 7.5 pounds.

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All natural roasters available 6/3/2015

08 Apr

We are raising a limited number of Cornish Rock roasters for your enjoyment. We’ve been raising them for our own table for many years but this year we’d like to share the experience of eating naturally raised chicken that has been raised without antibiotics, on fresh, wholesome feeds and clean water. These birds are raised a little bigger than the usual “broiler” so you get a nice meaty piece of chicken…each breast half is close to 2 pounds on the bigger birds! Yet they are still very young and tender. Great in the oven, on the grill, in the fryer or on the rotisserie. They will be processed and bagged whole and range from 4 to 7 pounds.  Please send us an email at farmer@walnuthillfarmmi.com if you are interested in reserving a chicken or two!

Here is a photo of the last batch, ready for the freezer!

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Spring on the farm!

07 Apr

Spring is a busy time at the farm.  While the trees outside still look like winter, indoors things are definitely moving along!  Tomatoes, celery and peppers are all growing in flats, and the incubator is in full gear with chicks and turkey poults appearing throughout April.

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Turkeys 2014

13 Jun

Walnut Hill Farm is raising more turkeys in 2014 than we ever have before. Our Narragansett breeding pair has been producing plenty of fertile eggs, and an acquisition of a few other heritage hatching eggs to broaden the gene pool has resulted in a nice assortment of beautiful healthy turkeys. We are also raising a dozen Broad Breasted Bronze hens and three toms to fill the niche for larger birds. As always, they will be bagged and processed and ready for you just in time for your Thanksgiving dinner. Please watch for our reservation form, which will be posted in just a couple of weeks.

We will be opening our reservations early this year, and can guarantee that there will be a bird for every order for which we take a reservation.

We also have Narragansett turkey hatching eggs and Narragansett poults available if you want to raise your own turkey.

We have just finished raising our first batch of broilers for the season. These Cornish x Rock crosses, from Townline Hatchery in Zeeland, are exceptionally vigorous and healthy. Although this first batch is already filling requests from our own family, we are ordering the next batch for mid-September processing. These birds will dress out at 5-8 lbs and are well fleshed and well balanced conformation.

In order to ensure we can raise them with plenty of space and care, we are limiting our production to 25 birds per batch. This is a very small number so please, if you are interested in reserving one or more hand raised broilers, please drop us a line at farmer@walnuthillfarmmi.com. Price is $4.00 per pound dressed weight, and please remember you are not getting the 13% “broth” filler that commercial poultry contains so you get much more meat for your money.

 

Out with the old and in with the new

02 Dec

If you are one of our regular egg customers, you’ve noticed that our supply has dwindled lately.  We have 80 hens that are “retiring” and are up for sale for soup/stew hens or backyard layers.  Their replacements are just starting to lay, and there are 144 of them, so soon there will be 10 dozen more eggs a day!  Thank you for your patience while the young hens prepare for their life’s work.

 
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Started pullets, layers, stew hens available

29 Apr

We now have 25 surplus hens available.  A few are best suited for the soup pot, but we are offering from our one year old and started pullets as well.  These birds are in GREAT health, happy, cage free, and ready to lay for you!  $10 each for 20 week old pullets, $7 each for year old layers who will give you several more years of wonderful large brown eggs.  Reserve yours today at farmer@walnuthillfarmmi.com.

 
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