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SEXING ACCURACY AND GUARANTEE COVERAGE

 

​POULTRY INDUSTRY STANDARDS

Unlike most domesticated animals, sexing is not 100% accurate.  Professional sexers do not sex bantam breeds and standard breeds only offer an 80-95% sexing accuracy.  While professional sexers do their best, unfortunately, external sexing is not always possible.  


Thus, you may invest in raising “Henrietta” your “female” chick and discover months later; your chicken has grown into “Handsome Henry” the Rooster.  


​If an accidental rooster occurs, families are stuck with fixing the situation.  The industry standard is for customers to accept sexing is not 100% and no credit, or returns are accepted.   This is one of the reasons  they can offer “female” chicks at a low cost.   

HOW WE DIFFERENTIATE OURSELVES

Other than DNA sexing , there is no way to be 100% certain of sex at time of adoption.  To my knowledge, a rooster is the only pet in the United States that if you accidentally get a boy it may be illegal to keep him.  We believe in providing support after adopiton. 


If a family orders a female and later discovers it is a rooster, we provide a free home for the rooster and provide a  store credit (based on original purchase price). Receipt and return of healthy rooster is required. 


We extend our support even further. If purchased as an Unsexed chick or from somewhere other than us, we may still help by homing healthy pet roosters for a low intake fee.

For families that do not want to endure an  emotional of risk that their precious pet could end up being a rooster, we offer additional options to reduce the risk.  We raise several auto sexing breeds that can be sexed by color or DNA testing to confirm sex.

 

​POULTRY INDUSTRY STANDARDS

When purchasing from a feed store, typically refund for chicks that die within 24 hours is provided.

Hatcheries typically decide whether to ship out replacements or provide a refund for the price of the chicks (shipping fees are not refundable) that arrive dead.  Depending on the company, they may extend their live arrival guarantee to the first 24, 48, or 72 hours.

HOW WE DIFFERENTIATE OURSELVES

We offer a generous complimentary Life Insurance for chicks purchased as female.  Calculated from time of pickup to the time photo proof of loss is received via text to 303-359-9484

<24 hours = Store credit of 100% of original purchase price

<48 hours = Store credit of 75% of original purchase price

<72 hours = Store credit of 50% of original purchase price

<10 days = Store credit of 20% of original purchase price

*No credit issued for female chick loss experienced over 10 days unless renting our brooder.  If renting our professional brooder to raise your chicks life insurance extends to 30 days for 20% credit.

Includes accidental loss from families learning to care for chicks, predator attack, pet sitter mistake, ect.

Our unsexed chicks are deeply discounted. Thus, there is no life insurance  coverage of any kind for roosters or unsexed chicks.  Do not adopt any chicks that you do not want to take full ownership of their current and future health.

 

POULTRY INDUSTRY STANDARDS

​You will never know the parent stock. Since they are bred for quantity and not quality, the parents typically barely meet breed standards. The tendency in the industry is to  hatch as quickly as possible from any egg laid.   


Poor parent genetics increases risk of birth defects (scissor beak, low immune systems, fused toes, and eye deformities).   

HOW WE DIFFERENTIATE OURSELVES

We are picky about  our parent stock we keep on the farm.  To maintain diversity and benefitting from top breeders in our nation,  we obtain hatching eggs from reputable breeders (that win at competitions)  in which  we have established trusting relationships with.  We breed to improve specific traits such as confirmation, color, egg color , feathering, natural strong immune systems, personality, and temperaments.

WHAT HAPPENS TO ALL THE ROOSTERS?

 

​POULTRY INDUSTRY STANDARDS

City ordinates  typically allow 8 hens and prohibits roosters. For every hen enjoyed in the city, there is an unwanted rooster.  Hatcheries cater to the high consumer demand for ridiculously low cost female chicks sold at feed stores. Laying breed roosters take 4 more months and 3x the feed cost to mature compared to meat breeds. They simply do not  grow large or fast enough to be raised profitably for meat. Boys live long enough to determine their sex.  The shocking reality is that 200,000+ newborn males are sacrificed daily to supply enough cheap female chicks at egg-laying breed hatcheries.

Lives Terminated by Grinding

Male chicks are grabbed by their fragile wings by "sexers," and  callously thrown into meat grinders alive.  A spinning auger tosses them around  before being torn to pieces by a high-pressure macerator. Chickens are not protected by the Humane Slaughter Act the way other "food" animals are. 


Lives Terminated by Suffocation

Take a deep breathe.  Enjoying the peace of oxygen entering and carbon dioxide exhaling is something the boys will not be allowed.  Male day olds are tossed into large rollover dumpsters that are lined with large plastic sheets. Once 200,000 or more of his siblings join him for the day, the plastic sheet is  closed to extract any oxygen from reaching the chicks.  

HOW WE DIFFERENTIATE OURSELVES

Since there is no science to sex fertile eggs, we ensure the pricing for our girls covers the care for her rooster counterpart to live an enriched life and reach a breeding or harvesting age.  We are thoughtful in the breeds we choose to raise.  We raise quality and rare breeds in which  the roosters are more desired for show, pets, or flock protection.

We created a Rooster Gentleman's club for pet roosters to live out their lives on our farm.  These are boys that have been named and loved on by families that live where roosters are not allowed.  If you desire a rooster, these are the friendliest boys around.

We understand that most families consume chicken and try to find a local source to bypass the cruelty in factory farming.  While we do not offer 'pet' roosters for harvesting, we do offer our heritage breeds that we raise for humane harvesting. Our boys are given a nice natural life on our homestead.  We believe there should be an emotional connection to  the  animal that gives it’s life so that we can live.   Thus we offer roosters to families that decide to humanly harvest adult roosters and bypass the cruelty in factory farming. Completing the life cycle by  humanely harvesting food for your family rather than funding factory farms and their plastic wrapped counterparts at the grocery store.

 

POULTRY INDUSTRY STANDARDS

If you are a surviving female chick from a hatchery, you are most likely placed in a box without food or water.  The chick will need to rely on their yolk as nourishment during their shipment.  Depending on the ship to location it could range from 1-3 days in the box.  By day 3, some chicks can die from starvation especially if hatched from pullet eggs.


There are some private breeders and with an increase of public awareness some hatcheries, that may put a cup of gro gel in the box with the chicks.  Some breeders will use fruit in the shipping boxes as well.


Once arriving to the feedstore,  they are usually fed a medicated factory pellet crumble feed to help counter the negative health effects of eating each other's feces.  

HOW WE DIFFERENTIATE OURSELVES

We do not believe in shipping live animals.  I don't want  chickens treated  as an inanimate commodity, rather than the sentient creatures they are. 

Upon hatching, are chicks spend the needed time drying their downy feathers before being placed in their brooder home.  They have full access to food and water at all times.

We offer our own chick cereal that consists of 17 dried herbs, nutty smelling dried mealworms for protein, and roll milled grains and seeds.  We are proud of the nutritional value and ability to see every ingredient the chicks consume.   Even organic pellet feed contains undesirable ingredients that I prefer our chicks do not eat.

When you visit our farm, you can smell the welcoming scent of herbs instead of anise/fishy smelling pellet feed.

We sprout fresh seeds and grains for our outside flock daily.  We are proud to be able to see every ingredient especially since we consume their eggs.

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POULTRY INDUSTRY STANDARDS

Female chicks continue down the conveyor belt to get shots (medicated before they even get a drink of water) Workers toss and rummage through them to gather 25 -100 chicks per crowded box and ship them across the country.   In the colder months, the chicks are huddled to avoid freezing to death which results in some chicks getting trampled.  Hunger and over crowding causes the chicks to eat each others feces. The survivors will continue their journey being tossed around on their dead siblings until they arrive to their new destination.

The risk of fatality is increased based on a combination of poor genetics, illness, temperature, hunger,  thirst , or being trampled on.  The feed stores will promote medicated feed in efforts to prevent coccidiosis caused from eating each other’s feces.

You will notice frequent pasty butt caused by stress which can lead to death if feed store workers or the new family home does not provide needed care.

Laying hens  can be exposed to Marek’s Disease and Coccidiosis carriers requiring vaccinations  and antibiotics to survive harsh environment conditions. Fed factory feed store pellets and confined to filthy sheds without access to sunlight, fresh air, or any natural enjoyment.  By 72 weeks of deprivation and confinement, the bodies and  brittle bones of these hens are too worn out meet high production quotas.  Frail and exhausted, they are loaded onto trucks and sent to slaughter.

HOW WE DIFFERENTIATE OURSELVES

Hatching Methods depend on weather and if the hens are broody.  When weather permits, you will find a few of our hens  hatching their eggs naturally.  We also have a climate controlled incubator to ensure eggs develop in the right environment of heat and humidity.


Newborn chicks  are gently handled with individual love when moved from an incubator to a heat controlled brooder.  We Individually inspect for health and introduced to water with molasses.  Our brooders are never overcrowded. Natural immune system strength is passed on through genetics and living conditions are excellent. They have free choice of freshly ground organic grains, seeds, grit, and herbs.  There is

significant growth from day 1 to day 2 and no stress from being moved.


During the first week, they continue growing in a comfortable environment eating organic food, fed herbs that provide specific health benefits to the chick’s development. Individually they are inspected for health and  we address an occasional pasty butt. Their brooder is cleaned daily. The chicks will thrive well and able to reduce from 5 degress each week in their brooder until it is time to explore outside.

HATCHING EGG SELECTION

 

POULTRY INDUSTRY STANDARDS

The business plan is to sell bulk shipments fast and cheap.  Any consumer purchasing chicks from a hatchery or feed store votes for this service a dollar at a time.  In order to cover the costs of hatching chicks, every egg needs to be hatched from every set of parents and male chicks need to be eliminated once identified.

With the low market price, they can not afford to feed any free loaders, so pullet eggs are hatched.  Surviving chicks hatched from mis-shaped eggs,  pass genes that determine egg shape in the bloodlines perpetuating the problem of egg bound hens.  It is heartbreaking to raise a chick for 6 months only to discover her dead as a result of being egg bound.

HOW WE DIFFERENTIATE OURSELVES

Our goal is to enhancing each breed's characteristics with thoughtfulness in which parents we can breed with a sense of pride.   Some of the breeds we raise have been identified as endangered. 


We enjoy sharing the various breeds with other families and the generations to come. 


Each egg chosen to be hatched is scrutinized for quality.  In order to be accepted we examine eggs of the right shape and the right size for the breed.

While we sustain a higher financial investment by waiting the extra few months for our young hens to improve their egg laying quality, we feel the health benefits and quality of the chicks we offer to families is well worth it.

Strasburg, CO 80136, USA

303-359-9484

©2018 by Serenity Sprouts
Local Farming through permaculture routes.
Every life (plant, animal, human) has a purpose that counts.