Frequently asked questions

 Purchasing chickens or hatching eggs.....check out our FAQ's here!
FAQ’s About Chicken or Egg Purchases
What are your shipping charges?

Shipping is $40 flat rate on up to 15 chicks. We ship via USPS priority express. The $40 includes the box, heat pack, and gro gel.
Eggs are double boxed and shipped USPS priority in shipping foam. The charge on up to a dozen eggs is $20.
 
I just placed my order when will it ship?
 
We are a small farm and not a large hatchery that hatches thousands of chicks a month. We custom fill every order that comes in. That means we will not start collecting or incubating your eggs or until after you place your order and we have received your payment.  The minimum time before shipping is 5 weeks.  That gives us one week to collect your eggs, three weeks to incubate, and two weeks to age the chicks.  Be aware that many times especially during springtime, there may be a backlog on our more popular breeds and the wait will be longer than 5 weeks.  All orders are filled on a first come first filled basis.   So be sure to place your order well ahead of time.   After placing your order we will review it and place it on our schedule.  Once your order is on our schedule we will email you an estimated shipping month. Before we ship your order we will be in contact with you to set a firm shipping date to make sure you will be available to receive the chicks on that date.  If you would like to know an estimated shipping date before placing your order feel free to contact us.
 
 
Do you guarantee live delivery of my chicks?
 
 
Yes. We do guarantee you will receive the number of live chicks you ordered on all orders of 3 or more chicks. We ship our chickens in the best possible manner to lower any loss during shipping. This includes using proper shipping containers, providing a soft bedding mat, heat packs in cold weather, food and growgel for nutrition and hydration during shipping. Even so shipping through the postal system does stress the birds and occasionally some may be lost. If you end up with less than the number of birds that you ordered we will refund you the amount of the lost birds. You have to notify us immediately upon the chicks arriving to claim a refund.
 
 
Do you ship UPS or Fed-Ex?
 
Livestock cannot be shipped via UPS and Fed-Ex. The USPS is the only shipping carrier that allows chicks.
 
 
Will a USPS Express Mail shipment arrive overnight?
 
USPS Express guarantees delivery in less than 3 days. However, most orders do not take that long. Many times orders will arrive next day. We ship our chicks with Grogel and chick starter to endure a possible 3 day shipping time.
 
 
What should I do with the chicks when I get them?
 
The first thing you should do is to give them access to water. In some cases even dipping their beaks to make sure they drink. Next make sure you have feed available. Also, you will need to have a place to keep them that is warm. One week old chicks require a temperature of 95 degrees Fahrenheit. You should back the heat down 5 degrees per week until the chicks feathers emerge.
 
 
Can I pick up my chicks?
 
Yes you can pick up your chicks or eggs. We love to meet our customers in person. Just be sure to make prior arrangements before heading our way.
 
 
Are your hatching eggs guaranteed to hatch?
We are sorry but the answer is no.  We check for fertility here on the farm but once the eggs leave our property we do not have control over the many variables that go into shipping, handling, incubating, and hatching.
 
 
Can I combine shipping on multiple items?
Yes some items may be combined for shipping purposes. If you contact us ahead of time we can provide you with a custom shipping amount.
 
 
Do you vaccinate chicks for Marek’s disease?
We do vaccinate for Marek’s disease upon request only. Before requesting please understand that Marek’s vaccine does not prevent Marek’s disease, it prevents the malignant tumors caused by Marek’s disease. It may also helps to reduce the spread of the virus should an outbreak occur. There is a $20 charge per order to cover the cost of the vaccine.
 
 
Is your farm NPIP certified?
Yes we are NPIP certified in the state of Mississippi
 
 
 
Frequently Asked Questions About Nigerian Dwarf Goats
 
1. What general care do goats need to receive?
Goats need to be dewormed regularly and provided with minerals, and their hooves need to be trimmed regularly.  We give our own goat kids two sets of CDT vaccinations and a yearly booster after that.  We feed our goats Purina, and alfalfa hay, and we also spray them with horse spray. Our goats are dewormed each month, and goats are on pasture during the day, and they are provided with plenty of clean water and free-choice minerals. As always, contact your local vet that is knowledgeable with goat care in your area if you need help developing a herd maintenance program or have any issues with your goats as we are not licensed vets. Please locate a good vet and conduct research on the breed of animal PRIOR to purchase. Please note we have listed some good website links on our website that contains additional information.

2. What do you recommend purchasing before bringing home a goat kid?
 A good fenced in area with a shelter will be needed. We have a barn, and we use livestock panels, chain link fencing, and field fencing. Please note that Nigerian Dwarf goat kids can easily escape from fencing unless the holes are small, as in the case with horse panel or chain link fencing. Goats are also herd animals, and they do not do well by themselves, so you would need to plan to at least purchase two goats if you do not already have goats. We also have a livestock guardian dog to help protect our goats from predators. Predators such as coyotes, and even loose family dogs are a cause for concern if you have goats. Certain plants such as Poison Oak and Azaleas are also highly toxic to goats.

3. What care does your goat kids receive?
The goat kids will be bottle raised. Kids will be disbudded and tattooed befor leaving the farm.  Health certificates will be available at the buyer's expense by our vet. We give our own kids a CDT vaccination and a deworming at a month of age, and 21 days later.  

4. What about bottle feeding?
We highly recommend bottle feeding, and since we will be milking our goats, we will bottle raise the kids again in 2016. Goat kids will be available for collection at two weeks of age, and they will need to be collected by four weeks of age to reduce our workload. We feed our goat kids two to three times a day. We slowly increase the amount of milk until they are eating up to 16oz twice a day. (Around a month of age). They can be weaned when they are around 12 weeks of age. If you do not have access to goat's milk, you can slowly transfer them to Whole Vitamin D Cow's milk, which can easily be purchased in a grocery store. They will need access to clean fresh water at all times as well as a shelter, and free choice hay. 

5. Are bucks and wethers prone to urinary calculi?
Yes, bucks and especially wethers are prone to urinary calculi, and their diet should be carefully monitored to prevent it. Should you notice your boy straining to urinate, please contact your vet ASAP.  

6. What guarantees do you offer on your goats?
The animals we sell are healthy and sound at the time of transfer.  We have decided to follow the ADGA's recommended trade practice for members. No other guarantees are offered, and we do not guarantee animals sold without registration. We nor any other breeder are omniscient, so we cannot guarantee their conformation, udder attachment, show ability, stature, etc. Since there are many factors involved in the development of an animal-including feeding, health care maintenance, parasite control, housing, stress, etc,-we are unable to take responsibility for how a kid purchased from us will ultimately mature. An animal represents a genetic package. Serious potential buyers may look at the animal prior to purchase or have their vet examine and run desired tests on the animal at their expense. No replacement will be offered unless we receive a certified veterinarian statement or necropsy report that states that the animal was unhealthy because of circumstances that could only be caused before the buyer had taken possession of the animal. Any cost associated with the replacement of an animal, such as shipping and health certificate, will be the responsibility of the buyer. We take great care of our animals, and we hope you will too.

7. What registry do you use to register your goat kids?
The goat kids will come with an ADGA or AGS registration application unless otherwise stated. They are not registered until the registration application is processed by the registries, so we advise that the buyers send off for the registration certificate as soon as possible to avoid misplacing the applications. If we have received full payment, we can register the animal directly to the buyer for the cost of the registration fee.

8. I am interested in purchasing a goat kid, what is the next step?
Please send us an email advising us which goat kid or breeding you are interested in, along with your contact information. If you are interested in an breeding, please advise us whether you are interested in a buck or a doe kid or if you are open to either gender. A $50-non-refundable deposit would reserve your place on that particular breeding. In the event we are unable to provide you with a goat kid of your desired gender from your selected breeding your deposit would be returned. It is otherwise non-refundable. The goat kid is to be collected by four weeks of age or the kid will be offered for sale to the general public and the deposit will be forfeited.
 
 
 
 

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