Ordering From Meyer Hatchery:
Planning Ahead For Your 2024 Order
by Lauren R
Published October 17, 2023
In 2023, many backyard poultry lovers missed out on the chicken breeds they were hoping to add to their flock due to higher demand than in years past and thus limited availability. To avoid disappointment this year, it’s essential to plan ahead and place your orders early for the 2024 inventory season which begins in November of 2023. Doing so will give you a better chance of securing the breeds and hatch dates that work best for your flock and schedule. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the benefits of planning ahead, offer tips for selecting the right breed for you, and touch on seasonal availability for certain poultry types.
Planning Ahead Matters
Planning ahead for your 2024 backyard flock allows you to:
- Choose from a larger variety of breeds and higher quantities
- Secure the hatch date that best fits your schedule
- Coordinate hatch dates with processing dates for meat birds
- Avoid missing out on popular or rare breeds
Remember, many fellow poultry keepers are also planning their flocks, so placing your order early increases the chances of you getting what you’re hoping for – and avoids having to wait for the dreaded Back In Stock Notifications.
Choosing The Right Breeds For Your Flock
With so many breeds to choose from, it can be daunting to decide which ones are the best fit for your backyard flock. To assist you in making an informed decision, we have several blog post and help desk articles, with breed spotlights and covering topics such as:
- Breed characteristics and temperaments
- Egg production and egg color
- Heat and cold hardiness
- Choosing the right meat bird
Take advantage of these resources to find the perfect breeds for your unique needs and preferences.
Fair And 4H Deadlines
Many fairs and 4H groups have specific deadlines for when you need to obtain birds by or when the birds need to hatch. Placing your 2024 order early helps ensure that you are able to choose the birds you want and have them by the deadline you need them.
Coordinating Hatch Dates And Processing Dates
If you’re raising meat birds, coordinating hatch dates with processing dates is crucial for efficient flock management. By planning ahead, you can ensure that your birds reach the appropriate age for processing without overcrowding your brooder and coop. If you aren’t sure which meat bird is best for your family and farm, check out our blog post on choosing the right meat bird.
Seasonal Availability Of Certain Poultry Types
Some poultry types, such as geese, turkeys, and some of our more exotic bird options, are not available year-round, making it even more critical to plan ahead and secure your preferred breeds and quantities. Geese typically have a shorter hatching season than chickens, so placing an early order can help guarantee that you don’t miss out on these seasonal birds. Geese can be great guardians for your flock or some people even use them for weeding. If you haven’t already, check out all the great gosling breeds we have available on the website!
In conclusion, planning ahead for your 2024 backyard flock is essential for securing your desired breeds and hatch dates. By placing your order early, you’ll have more control over what breed(s) you add to your flock this next year and get them on your schedule, ensuring a successful and enjoyable poultry-keeping experience.
Keep in mind, that even with the best planning and placing orders early, we are still dealing with live animals. Unexpected circumstances may still arise that can delay or change an order.
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