2021 Chick Bookings

*all orders are subject to change, all are pullets unless noted as straight run (SR)

We provide the lists below to give you an idea what chicks might be expected this season. Please note, however, that availability changes often. For the most accurate information, or to special order something particular, contact your local D&L directly.

Celina

dates listed are ship dates, chicks normally arrive 1-2 days later

  • 02/10/2021
    •  AMERICANAS
  • 02/24/2021
    • LAVENDER ORPINGTONS
  • 03/10/2021
    • CINNAMON QUEENS
  • 03/24/2021
    • SAPPHIRE GEMS
  • 04/14/2021
    • SAPPHIRE OLIVE EGGERS
  • 04/28/2021
    • BLUE LACED GOLD WYANDOTTES
  • 05/5/2021
    • CHOCOLATE ORPINGTONS
  • 05/19/2021
    • SPECKLED SUSSEX
  • 06/2/2021
    • BLUE/BLACK/SPLASH WHITE CRESTED POLISH
  • 06/16/2021
    • LAVENDER ORPINGTONS
  • 07/14/2021
    • SILVER POLISH
  • 08/11/2021
    • FRENCH BLACK COPPER MARANS
  • 09/22/2021
    • CHOCOLATE ORPINGTONS
    • SAPPHIRE GEMS

Sanger

dates listed are ship dates, chicks normally arrive 1-2 days later

  • 02/03/2021
    •  RHODE ISLAND RED
    •  BARRED ROCK
    •  BUFF ORPINGTON
    •  EASTER EGGER
  • 02/10/2021
    •  PRODUCTION RED
    •  BLACK AUSTRALORP
    •  EASTER EGGER
    •  HATCHERY CHOICE BANTAM (SR)
  • 02/17/2021
    •  RED STAR
    •  RHODE ISLAND RED
    •  BUFF ORPINGTON
    •  EASTER EGGER
  • 02/24/2021
    •  BLACK STAR
    •  NEW HAMPSHIRE RED
    •  BLACK AUSTRALORP
    •  EASTER EGGER
  • 03/03/2021
    •  RHODE ISLAND RED
    •  BARRED ROCK
    •  SILVER LACED WYANDOTTE
    •  HATCHERY CHOICE COCHIN
  • 03/10/2021
    •  PRODUCTION RED
    •  BARRED ROCK
    •  BLACK AUSTRALORP
    •  EASTER EGGER
  • 03/17/2021
    •  GOLDEN STAR
    •  NEW HAMPSHIRE RED
    •  BUFF ORPINGTON
    •  HATCHERY CHOICE BANTAM (SR)
  • 03/24/2021
    •  BLACK STAR
    •  SILVER LACED WYANDOTTE
    •  EASTER EGGER
    •  HATCHERY CHOICE SEBRIGHT BANTAM (SR)
  • 03/31/2021
    •  RHODE ISLAND RED
    •  BUFF ORPINGTON
    •  CUCKOO MARANS
    •  HATCHERY CHOICE POLISH (SR)
    • HATCHERY CHOICE DUCK (SR)
    • HATCHERY CHOICE GOOSE (SR)
  • 04/07/2021
    •  GOLDEN STAR
    •  BARRED ROCK
    •  SILVER LACED WYANDOTTE
    •  OLIVE EGGER  LST
  • 04/14/2021
    • BLACK STAR
    • NEW HAMPSHIRE RED
    • SILVER LACED WYANDOTTE
    • HATCHERY CHOICE CRESTED CHICK (SR)
    • HATCHERY CHOICE DUCK (SR)
    • HATCHERY CHOICE GOOSE (SR)
    • HATCHERY CHOICE RARE TURKEY (SR)
  • 04/21/2021
    •  RHODE ISLAND RED
    •  BARRED ROCK
    •  BUFF ORPINGTON
    •  HATCHERY CHOICE  POLISH (SR)
  • 04/28/2021
    •  BLACK STAR
    •  PRODUCTION RED
    •  BUFF ORPINGTON
    •  HATCHERY CHOICE SEBRIGHT BANTAM (SR)
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July News

July is Hydration Awareness Month

Keeping Your Pets Hydrated

Keeping your pets hydrated is just as important as keeping your self hydrated. Like us, dog & cat bodies are made of mostly water and staying hydrated is crucial to their health.

In general dogs should consume 1 oz of water for every pound of body weight. For cats, the general guideline is just under that – 3.5-4.5 oz per 5 lbs of body weight. However, the environment and weather (hello, Texas summer) can play a role in how much water they need to consume. Obviously providing fresh, clean water to your pets is the first step in keeping them hydrated, but there are some other things you can do to increase their water intake:  

  • adding liquid toppers to their food like bone broth or goat milk;
  • including raw food in their diet – most frozen varieties have quite a bit of moisture
  • adding some canned food to their diet.

Hydration Is Key To Keeping Chickens Cool

For our backyard chickens, the practice should be similar to other animals: Clean, cool water is essential. Follow the general rule of providing 500 millilitres of fresh water per bird per day. This equates to one gallon for every seven adult birds. 
Drinking water helps cool a chicken’s body temperature. In high temperatures, chickens will drink up to twice as much water as during temperate conditions. If birds do not have quality water, they are less likely to eat or lay eggs.  read more


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2020 Chick Bookings!

*all orders are subject to change, all are pullets unless noted as straight run (SR)

We provide the lists below to give you an idea what chicks might be expected this season. Please note, however, that availability changes often. For the most accurate information, or to special order something particular, contact your local D&L directly.

Aubrey

Week of Feb. 7

Amberlinks
Golden Comets
Americanas
Golden Comets
Sapphire Gems
Speckled Sussex

Week of Feb. 24

Mixed Ducks (SR)
Rhode Island Reds
Barred Rocks
Black Australorps
Calico Princess
Buckeyes

Week of Mar. 9

Assorted Runner Ducks (SR)
Turkens (SR)
Lavender Orpingtons
Dark Brahmas
Welsummers
Prairie Bluebell Eggers

Week of Mar. 23

Silver Appleyard Ducks (SR)
Blue Swedish Ducks (SR)

Week of April 6

Mixed Ducks (SR)


Celina

Week of Feb. 5

Lavender Orpingtons
Ameraucanas
Rhode Island Blues
Blue Rocks
Olive Eggers
Brown Leghorns


McKinney

Feb. 5

Cornish Rocks (SR)
Easter Eggers
Naked Necks
Red Broilers (SR)
Speckled Sussex
Assorted Brahmas
Assorted Dark Brown Layers Gold Wyandottes
Silver Penciled Egyptian Fayoumis
White Faced Black Spanish
Cream Brabanters

Feb. 19

Buff Orpingtons
Easter Eggers
Olive Eggers
White Faced Black Spanish
Assorted Bantam Silkies (SR)

April 1

Buff Orpingtons
Easter Eggers
Olive Eggers
Black Giants
White Rocks
Assorted Ducks (SR)
Assorted Geese (SR)

April 8

Blue Slate Turkeys (SR)
Bourbon Red Turkeys (SR)
Narragansett Turkeys (SR)
Standard Bronze Turkeys (SR)


Sanger

Thursday Jan 23rd

25 Ideal 236
25 Rhode Island Reds
25 Barred Rocks
25 Easter Eggers
25 Assorted Brahmas

Thursday Feb 13th

25 Red Sex Link
25 Silver Laced Wyandotte
25 Crested Special (SR)
25 Silkies (SR)
25 Cuckoo Marans

25 Black Sex Link
25 New Hampshire Reds
25 Barred Rocks
25 Easter Eggers
25 White Giants

Thursday Feb 27th

Tuesday March 10

25 Red Sex Link
25 Black Australorp
25 Easter Eggers
25 Silkies
25 Assorted Brahmas

Tuesday March 17

25 Ideal 236
25 Buff Orpington
25 Easter Eggers
25 Silkies

Thursday March 26th

12 Assorted Ducks
12 Assorted Geese

Thursday April 9

25 Ideal 236
25 Rhode Island Reds
25 Barred Rocks
25 Easter Eggers
25 Delawares

Thursday April 23rd

25 Red Sex Link
25 Silverlaced Wyandotte
25 Crested Special
25 Assorted Brahmas

Thursday June 4th (subject to change)

40 Guineas (SR)


Gainesville

Feb. 12

Dominiques
Easter Eggers
Buff Orpingtons
Silver Laced Wyandottes

Mar. 11

Easter Eggers
Cuckoo Marans
Golden Laced Wyandottes
Black Sumatras

Summer Survival Strategy – August

Hot spots are moist, painful, red, irritated, and—you guessed it—hot lesions that can develop on a dog’s skin, usually on the chest, hip, or head. They can grow rather quickly, especially if your dog ends up chewing, scratching, or licking them, causing further irritation.

 

A hot spot could be caused by anything that ends up irritating your pet’s skin, forcing them to lick or scratch themselves. Some of the common causes include insects and mites, fleas, underlying skin infections, allergies, and poor grooming. If your dog is bored or stressed and constantly chewing or licking their skin, a hot spot could develop in that case as well. Hot spots are also more common during humid, warm weather, so you might notice your dog dealing with this irritation during the summer, which is also when insects and fleas are prevalent.  Vetericyn Hot Spot Spray is non-irritating and cleans, soothes and relieves itchy, irritated skin. It’s fast acting and provides quick relief for your pet to help speed the healing process.

As stewards of the land we have the ability to implement management practices to help increase the water holding capacity of the soil.  This leads to healthier soil (and therefore plants) and reduces the amount of added water needed for plants to thrive. This is important on an ongoing basis, but especially in times of drought.  Adding compost to your soil incorporates nutrient rich, broken down organic material into the soil to improve drainage while maintaining the water holding capacity of the soil. There are a variety of types of compost available on the market if you don’t want to make your own (more info: https://wateruniversity.tamu.edu/soil/composting/). One of the best commercially available is MicroLife Humates Plus, it’s like concentrated compost in a bag.  It quickly opens the soil and the nutrients (over 70 vitamins and minerals) drop into the root zone so bigger root systems can be built.  Water infiltration and oxygen flow to the plants is also increased.
In August-September hummingbirds will be moving back South for the winter.  They tend to feed in the morning and afternoon, travelling during the day. During migration a hummingbird’s heart beats up to 1,260 times a minute and flaps its wings up to 80 times a second, wow!  They tend to fly low so they can easily see nectar sources and stop when needed, to refuel. Nectar found in nature is typically in the range of 12-25% sugar. Keep this in mind when mixing nectar for your feeders, or pick up some Moore Wild Birds Nectar which is formulated with 3 plant sugars and designed to mimic nectar found in nature. There’s no need to dye your nectar red, but have you ever wondered why people do?  Or, why many hummingbird feeders are red?  It’s not necessarily that hummingbirds are more attracted to red, but they have evolved over time to know that red flowers typically have more nectar in them because bees, wasps and butterflies are better at locating pale-colored flowers than red flowers.

If your feeders are prone to bees and ants you can try a non-gravity fed feeder like the MWB So Real feeder (pictured here). The nectar is not forced to the hole by gravity so bees and ants can’t get to it – but a hummingbird can easily reach the nectar even if it’s not totally full.

In ideal conditions chickens will lay an egg once every 24-26 hours after they’ve reached egg-laying age (approximately 18-20 weeks).  Sometimes, though, chickens might take a little break from laying. One of the more common reasons they may take a break is environmental stress, including the heat of our Texas summers.  If you’re flock’s egg production has noticeably slowed this might be part of the reason. After confirming that the eggs aren’t hidden or disappearing you can try a few things to make their coop a little more comfortable during the heat of summer.  Most importantly it is essential to provide plenty of cool, fresh water and make sure your coop is well ventilated. Chickens can drink twice as much water as normal during hot conditions. Make sure you have enough waterers so each chicken has access and put them in the shade to help keep them cooler.  You can also put ice cubes in the waterers and offer cold frozen fruits & vegetables (limit to 10% of their diet).

 

In addition, it’s important to make sure your chickens are meeting their nutritional requirements.  Sometimes this can be difficult if they’re free ranging a lot, or not eating a full portion of a complete diet.  Purina Animal Nutrition’s new Farm To Flock Hen Treats are a great option to supplement their diet. In contrast to treating your chickens with scratch or mealworms, Purina’s treats are fully fortified with essential vitamins and amino acids to provide a healthy, balanced treat.  They are available in two protein levels – Wholesome Hen Treats for daily maintenance and High Protein Hen Treats for birds that need a little nutritional boost.

August Specials

Chicks – 2019

It’s baby chick season!  Each D&L store offers a unique variety of pullets and straight run chicks throughout the year.  The lists below will give you an idea of when particular breeds may be available.  The lists below give you an idea what we have ordered but availability can change depending on the hatch.  We also hatch a large variety of breeds at several stores, check with your local store to see what’s available.

 

Aubrey

Sanger

Gainesville

McKinney

AUBREY (all are pullets unless noted otherwise)

  • 1/30/19
    • Sapphire Gems
    • Calico Princess
    • Ameraucanas
    • Golden Laced Wyandottes
  • 2/6/19
    • Lavender Orpingtons (straight run)
    • Columbian Wyandottes
    • Olive Eggers
    • Barred Rocks
  • 2/12/19
    • Prairie Bluebell Egger
    • Blue Laced Red Wyandottes (straight run)
    • Midnight Majesty Marans
    • Speckled Sussex
  • 2/19/19
    • Sapphire Olive Eggers
    • Buff Orpingtons
  • 2/22/19
    • Sapphire Gems
    • Calico Princess
    • Ameraucanas
    • Buckeyes
  • 2/29/19
    • Prairie Bluebell Eggers
    • Barnevelders (straight run)
    • French Black Copper Marans
    • Blue Laced Red Wyandottes (straight run)
    • Midnight Majestry Marans
    • Buff Orpingtons
  • 3/8/19
    • Sapphire Gems
    • Calico Princess
    • Ameraucanas
    • Buckeyes
    • Speckled Sussex
    • Barred Rocks
  • 3/15/19
    • Sapphire Olive Eggers
    • Buff Orpingtons
  • 3/15/19
    • Midnight Majesty Marans
    • Columbian Wyandottes
    • Lavender Orpingtons (straight run)
    • Olive Eggers
  • 3/29/19
    • Olive Eggers
    • Lavender Orpingtons (straight run)
    • Columbian Wyandotte
    • Rainbow
  • 4/5/19
    • Prairie Bluebell Eggers
    • Blue Laced Red Wyandottes (straight run)
    • Barnevelders
    • French Black Copper Marans
    • Sapphire Olive Eggers
    • Rudd Rangers

SANGER (all are pullets unless noted otherwise)

  • 1/17/19
    • Rhode Island Reds
    • Buff Orpingtons
    • Silver Laced Wyandottes
    • Ameraucanas
  • 2/21/19
    • Red Six Links
    • Barred Rocks
    • Assorted Brahmas
    • Bantams Special (Straight Run)
  • 3/7/19
    • Black Sex Links
    • Rhode Island Reds
    • Black Australorps
    • Ameraucanas
  • 3/21/19
    • Production Reds
    • Barred Rocks
    • Blue Cochins
    • Cuckoo Marans
    • Black Giants
  • 4/4/19
    • Red Sex Links
    • Ameraucanas
    • Spangled Russian Orloffs
    • Assorted Brahmas
    • Crested Special (Straight Run)
    • Hatchery Choice Ducks (Straight Run)
  • 4/18/19
    • Black Sex Links
    • Rhode Island Reds
    • Ameraucanas
    • Crested Special (Straight Run)
    • Hatchery Choice Ducks (Straight Run)

GAINESVILLE (all are pullets unless noted otherwise)

  • 2/13/19
    • New Hampshire Reds
    • Barred Rocks
    • Buff Orpingtons
    • Easter Egger
  • 2/27/19
    • Black Sex Links
    • Golden Sex Links
    • Rhode Island Reds
    • Blue andalusians (straight run)
  • 3/13/19
    • Black Australorps
    • Salmon Faverolles (straight run)
    • Buff Brahmas
    • Welsummers
  • 3/27/19
    • Silver Wyandottes
    • Easter Eggers
    • Sicilian Buttercups (straight run)
    • Gold Brabanters
  • 4/10/19
    • New Hampshire Reds
    • Buff Orpingtons
    • Cuckoo Marans
    • White Faced Black Spanish (straight run)
  • 5/1/19
    • Easter Eggers
    • Light Brahmas
    • Gold Wyandotees
    • Silver Spangles Spitz

MCKINNEY (all are pullets unless noted otherwise)

  • 2/22/19
    • Red Sex Links
    • Easter Egger
    • Light Brahmas
    • Black Giants
    • White Rocks
    • Blue Andalusians
  • 3/8/19
    • Rhode Island Reds
    • Easter Eggers
    • Naked Necks
    • Assorted Cochins
    • Assorted Dark Brown Layers
    • Normegian Jaerhons
    • Inidan Red Jingle Fowl
  • 3/13/19
    • Barred Rocks
    • Buff Orpingtons
    • Easter Eggers
    • Crested Special (straight run)
  • 3/22/19
    • Ameraucanas
    • Sapphire Olive Eggers
    • Sapphire Gems
    • Lavender Orpingtons (straight run)
  • 4/17/19
    • New Hampshire Reds
    • Buff Orpingtons
    • Easter Eggers
    • White Rocks
    • Crested Special (straight run)
    • Hatchery Choice Ducks (straight run)
    • Hatchery Choice Geese (straight run)

**NEW ITEM** Little Giant Dome Feeders & Waterers

New product in stock: Little Giant Dome Feeders & Waterers for Poultry

FEEDERS

Large-capacity feeder for your flock. Made of strong, heavy-duty plastic. Easy to fill, thanks to the top-fill design and lid. Fill from the top and screw the lid on tightly to protect feed from the elements. Three legs are easily assembled to the base and keep the feeder off the ground. Feed Saver Ring minimizes spillage to prevents wasted food and is easily removed for cleaning.

  • Large capacity feeder
  • Easy top-fill design with screw-on lid
  • Legs keep feeder off the ground
  • Easily removable Feed Saver ring minimizes spillage
  • Available in 2 sizes: 35 lbs, 45 lbs

WATERERS

Made of strong, heavy-duty plastic. Top-fill design is easy to use. Valve in base controls water flow – close when filling, then open to allow water to fill the base. For best results, set waterer on flat ground before filling.

  • Large capacity waterer
  • Top-fill design
  • Valve in base controls water flow
  • Can also be used for ducks or other poultry
  • Available in 2 sizes: 8 gal, 10 gal

Muenster Milestone Chicken Food Now Available at D&L

Now Available: Muenster Milestone Chicken Food

Milestone Chicken Food provides your flock with a nutritionally complete blend of locally sourced ingredients. With this top of the line chicken food, Muenster is making sure that whichever comes first, chicken or egg, both receive a nutrient-filled local product that puts their health at the top of the pecking order.

What’s in it?

Milestone Chicken Food starts with unique proteins. When forging, chickens instinctively know to go after bugs and worms to supply their protein requirements. Muenster starts this highly digestible feed by adding cricket meal and fish meal to help them stay strong and productive. It’s the number one ingredient by design.

Next, they add a delicious mix of black oil sunflower seed, alfalfa, and organic peas. The bio-available nutrients help closely resemble what your flock would find in a high-quality pasture. They finish it off with minerals designed for healthy growth and essential oils to support a strong immune system.

Of course, what’s not in it is almost as important as what is. Muenster believe’s you need the best chicken feed for the best birds. That’s why they make theirs corn free, soy free, and with only non-GMO grains.

It’s also higher in calcium, supporting strong, healthy eggshells. Together, this marriage of ingredients makes Milestone Chicken Food suitable as a complete and balanced diet or supplement to a traditional diet.

D&L is excited to be offering Muenster’s new, one-of-a-kind chicken feed.  Plus, we’re excited to offer a frequent buyer program on it – buy 12 bags, get the 13th FREE!   Stop by your local D&L in Aubrey, Celina, McKinney, Gainesville or Sanger to learn more (map our locations).

 

Visit Muenster’s Website

Spring 2018 Chick Schedule – D&L Farm and Home – Sanger

2018 Chick Days Schedule for Sanger:

It’s baby chick season! Each D&L store offers a unique variety of pullets and straight run chicks throughout the year. The lists below will give you an idea of when particular breeds may be available at the Sanger store. We also hatch a large variety of breeds at several stores. To see bookings for the other stores click here.

Please understand these are what we have ordered, but what we actually get can change based on availability at the hatchery. Also, inventory in the stores can change often and rapidly. Please visit us at your local D&L to see what is currently available.

1/18/2018

RHODE ISLAND RED PULLETS
BUFF ORPINGTON PULLETS
SILVER LACE WYANDOTTE PULLETS
AMERAUCANA PULLETS

2/8/2018

RED SEX LINK PULLETS
NEW HAMPSHIRE RED PULLETS
BARRED ROCK PULLETS
BLACK AUSTRALORP PULLETS

2/22/2018

RED SEX LINK PULLETS
AMERAUCANA PULLET
DELAWARE PULLETS
GOLDEN LACE WYANDOTTE PULLETS

3/6/2018

GOLDEN SEX LINK PULLETS
RHODE ISLAND RED PULLETS
SILVER LACE WYANDOTTE PULLETS
GOLDEN LACE WYANDOTTE PULLETS

3/15/2018

GOLDEN SEX LINK PULLETS
BARRED ROCK PULLETS
AMERAUCANA PULLETS
BARNEVELDER PULLETS

3/27/2018

GOLDEN SEX LINK PULLETS
NEW HAMPSHIRE RED PULLETS
BLACK AUSTRALORP PULLETS
DELAWARE PULLETS

4/5/2018

GOLDEN SEX LINK PULLETS
RED SEX LINK PULLETS
SILVER LACE WYANDOTTE PULLETS
BARNEVELDER PULLETS
CHOCOLATE TURKEY STRAIGHT RUNS

4/12/2018

GOLDEN SEX LINK PULLETS
RHODE ISLAND RED PULLETS
BUFF ORPINGTON PULLETS
AMERAUCANA PULLETS
HATCHERY CHOICE DUCK STRAIGHT RUN

4/26/2018

IDEAL 236 PULLETS
BARRED ROCK PULLETS
SILVER LACED WYANDOTTE PULLETS
BARNEVELDER PULLETS

5/22/2018

RHODE ISLAND RED PULLETS
BLACK AUSTRALORP PULLETS
BUFF ORPINGTON PULLETS
AMERAUCANA PULLETS

Spring 2018 Chick Schedule – D&L Farm and Home – Celina

2018 Chick Days Schedule for Celina:

It’s baby chick season! Each D&L store offers a unique variety of pullets and straight run chicks throughout the year. The lists below will give you an idea of when particular breeds may be available at the Celina store. We also hatch a large variety of breeds at several stores. To see bookings for the other stores click here.

Please understand these are what we have ordered, but what we actually get can change based on availability at the hatchery. Also, inventory in the stores can change often and rapidly. Please visit us at your local D&L to see what is currently available.

In addition to hatching their own chicks every week the Celina store will periodically be ordering throughout the season.  To find out what they currently have, it is best to call the store at 972-382-1197.

January 26 (pullets):

Production Reds
White Leghorns
Ameraucanas
Buff Orpingtons
Barred Plymouth Rocks
Silver Laced Wyandottes