FLOCK GOALS
28-DAY CHALLENGE

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Welcome to the

Flock Ready – 28 Day Challenge

This page will be your one-stop shop to prepare you for your new flock!

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Good books make an excellent resource to have on hand and reference at a moment’s notice.

Our Top Must Reads

  • Storeys Guide to Raising Chickens
  • A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens
  • Hatching and Brooding Your Own Chicks
  • Chicken Health Handbook
  • Storeys Guide to Raising Poultry
  • Keep Chickens: Tending Small Flocks in Cities, Suburbs, and Other Small Spaces
  • Poultry Breeds: The Pocket Guide to 104 Essential Breeds
  • The Chicken Encyclopedia: An Illustrated Reference

Shop Books

Hatching & Brooding Your Own Chicks

Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens

A Kids Guide to Keeping Chickens

Chicken Health Handbook

Storey’s Guide to Raising Poultry

Keep Chickens!

The Chicken Encyclopedia

Poultry Breeds

We offer many social platforms to learn and expand your poultry knowledge. Go ahead follow/subscribe to one or all of them!

Facebook

YouTube

Podcast

Our Blog

Pinterest

Instagram

We offer a blog that is full of information about incubating, brooding, poultry health, and so much more. Make it your premier poultry resource today!

Some Of Our Favorites

Brooding For Beginners
Friendliest Roosters
Top Breed Picks for a Family Friendly Flock
Raising Meat Birds In A Tractor

Our YouTube channel is a place to learn about various poultry breeds, products, and projects to enhance your experience in poultry rearing.

Watch a few of our favorites ⇒

 

Use our podcast to learn all things poultry. Our hope is to inspire crazy chicken keepers and educating future flock owners!

Get to know our podcast hosts, Kendra and Jeff, in our first episode and learn more about our fun poultry themed podcast!

 

Episode 01: Before you Begin

Episode 11 & 12: Adam Danforth

Episode 09: Chicken Tractors

Episode 14: Gardening with Chickens

Episode 30: 10 Things They Didn’t Tell You About Raising Chickens

Website Tips & Tricks

Jess hopped into our new website to show you our My Saved Items or Favorites feature!  Create a list of your dream poultry quickly and easily!  Click below to learn all about this amazing new feature.

Meyer Hatchery ships live poultry on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays depending on the poultry types ordered. All orders are shipped USPS Priority Mail or Priority Mail Express.

You may also pick up select chick orders. Live poultry and hatching egg orders will be available for pick up at our retail store during the first 48 hours after hatch or being packed.

Retail Store Hours:

Extended Peak Season Off-Peak Season
Mar 1 – May 25 2021 May 26 2021 – Feb 28 2022
Mon: 8:30am – 7:00pm
Tues: 8:30am – 6:00pm
Wed – Fri: 8:30am – 5pm
Sat: 8:00am – 12pm
Sun: Closed
Mon – Fri: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sat: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Sun: Closed

While you’re looking at all of the wonderful breeds Meyer Hatchery carries be sure to check out the care hands icon. One-click will take you to step by step instructions on how to prepare and care for your new arrivals!

Jess is hanging out in the website to tell you more about the care button feature! Watch below to learn more!

We have phones, chats, and emails available from 8am to 10pm EST

7 days a week

Your chicks are ordered, and now it’s time to get their brooder space together. Download our FREE Chick Brooding Checklist to ensure you don’t forget any important item! 

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There are many great items you can use for a brooder. As you brood more, you will find the best option for your space and new babies.

Some Brooder Options

  • Plastic Tote
  • Kiddie Pool
  • Brooder Panels 
  • Cardboard Brooder Guard
  • Universal Playpen
  • Water Trough
  • Homemade set up made from wood

Shop Brooder Options

Brooder Panels

Brooder Guard

Universal Playpen

Read more about what each type of poultry needs brooder wise here.

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Use a brooder heat plate or traditional heat lamp & a 250-watt heat bulb You can adjust the height of your lamp to change the temperature. A good start is 90-95 degrees Fahrenheit. Reduce the heat by 5-7 degrees each week until you reach 65-70 degrees.

Heat Source Options

  • Traditional Heat Lamp & 250-watt bulb
  • Brooder Heat Plate
  • Gas Brooder

Shop Heat Source Options

Standard Heat Lamp

250 Watt Heat Bulb

Heat Lamp Stand

Heat Plate

4-SOCKET BROODER LAMP WITH THERMOSTAT

Gas Brooder

Learn About All The Feed Options On Our Blog

Poultry Feed Storage Guidelines | Meyer Hatchery Blog

Use a poultry feed appropriate for the species of bird you are raising, since the protein and ingredients will vary for different birds. From age 0-16 weeks: free choice 18-20% chick starter.

Feed Options

  • Traditional/Standard
  • Medicated vs Non-Medicated
  • Non-GMO
  • Organic
  • Soy Free
  • Mix Your Own

We offer our own full line of feed with your flock’s nutritional needs in mind! 

Looking to mix up some amazing feed for your chickens. Follow as Jess shares her favorite recipe for mixing up your own chicken feed.

GroGel provides just what the chicks need in the first few days after arrival by giving them immediate nutrition and hydration. This unique formula of proteins, peptides, amino acids, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and probiotic bacteria and are tailored to the chick’s needs.

Vital Pack is full of water-soluble vitamins and electrolytes, essential for starting chicks, growing pullets, and mature hens. Vital Pack is great for birds under stress from moving, handling, parasites, or chilling. Vital Pack can be used for all types of poultry. If you are raising meat birds specifically, please consider Vital Pack Plus, as this is formulated specifically for their rapid growth. Scoop included.

Vital Pack
Vital Pack Plus

Learn How To Prepare Each Product

If you own poultry, eventually there will come a time when you need to treat an injury or illness with one of your birds. You can save yourself some stress and help your sick or injured patient quickly if you are well-prepared with a poultry first aid kit.