Peak Poultry

Selectively Bred Black Australorps and Rhode Island Reds in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina

Peak Poultry is located in Apex, North Carolina between Raleigh and Durham. It is a true family endeavor with 3 generations involved in all the different aspects of breeding exceptional fowl.

We breed Black Australorps and true Standard Bred Rhode Island Reds.

We are sorry to announce that we are rehoming our Welsummer Breeding flock. The great news is that the flock is staying within the SPN-USA network and you can find them at Smoky Buttes Ranch in Kansas.

Black Australorp Cockerel keeps watch over his ladies while they hunt early morning bugs

All birds at Peak Poultry live outdoors with access to pasture. We are constantly striving to improve the birds’ environment so they can live the healthiest, longest productive life possible. We are breeding for hardiness as well as production and standard qualites.
Selection –That simple word is a complex process that starts when a chick is born, and continues throughout their breeding years. Selection is key when striving for breed improvement
We use overhead radiant heat in the brooders instead of heat lamps. We believe it’s a more natural form of heat and teaches the chicks early on to run under objects for security, just like a momma hen would do. We always have both nipple and traditional waterers available and offer multiple feeding stations, so every chick has easy access to feed.

Welsummer chicks

Black Australorp juvenile

Color coded progressively larger spiral bands are used from hatch until 4 weeks old to signify which chicks are the offspring of which birds. At four weeks, each chick gets assigned a number, weighed, and banded. We use two different methods of banding so there is a backup if one falls off. We weigh every two weeks until point of lay. Rate of growth is tracked and is judged when it comes to selection time!

Rhode Island Red Males- Growth Rate graphed

We take selection very seriously at Peak Poultry, we are breeding to the American Poultry Association’s Standard of Perfection. No chicken is perfect, but we are working to get closer with each passing generation. Birds are judged on over 20 different characteristics to decide if they go into a breeding pen, or on to another home as a pet or egg layer.

Jim Adkins consults on the final breeding pen selections for my Black Australorps

Jim Adkins consults on the final breeding pen selections for my Black Australorps

First we compare the birds to their siblings, then when they reach full maturity and have proven themselves well capable of passing traits to their progeny, we compare them to their parents, continuing on with the better specimen.

Rhode Island Red Cockerel

Young Welsummer Cockerels

Back Length, body depth, balance, wing carriage, color, and tail angle are a few of the things we look at from the side.

We judge head size and shape

Black Australorp Pullet

Rhode Island Red Cockerel

Markings and width of feather

Leg confirmation and length

Heart girth, back width, and undercolor is judged

For the Welsummers, even the egg color is evaluated

Here at Peak Poultry, once the birds are laying, every egg is weighed and entered into a spreadsheet for that pen. We believe that keeping track of how much a pen is laying, and the weight and condition of the eggs, is crucial information for both farmers and ourselves. 

 

The cycle starts again, as we incubate and hatch the next generations from our breeders. We track fertility, hatchability and livability for all chicks hatched here at Peak Poultry.

Black Australorp Chicks

Rhode Island Red Chick

We prefer to do local sales, as we feel it is better for the health of the chicks, but we will ship when weather conditions are ideal.

Black Australorp Chicks

We only sell Straight Run chicks here at Peak Poultry, we firmly believe that every healthy chick hatched deserves to fulfill its purpose and does not deserve to be killed at birth. Therefore, be sure you are ready to receive male chicks as well as female birds, before placing an order.

Each chick is checked over and cleared for shipment, as we only will only sell healthy vigorous chicks!

Welsummer Chicks

Black Australorp Chicks

Availability and Pricing

May 2, 2017 – Hatching capacity 100 chicks – None Available

May 9, 2017 – Hatching capacity 100 chicks – Sold Out

May 16, 2017 – Hatching capacity 100 chicks – None Available

May 23, 2017 – Hatching capacity 50 chicks – None Available

May 30, 2017 – Hatching capacity 50 chicks – Sold Out

 

June 6, 2017 – Hatching capacity 25 chicks – Sold Out

Small quantities of chicks may be available for local pickup during the summer months. Peak Poultry does not ship chicks in the summer months, as we feel it is risky and inhumane, traditionally we can start shipping again in October when the weather is safer to do so.

Please feel free to contact us at any time with inquires or to get on the waiting list for chicks.

Single Breed Order

Chicks start at $9.00

Minimum Order Quantity is 25 chicks

25-49 – $9.00 each

50-99 – $8.50 each

100-149 – $8.00 each

150-200 – $7.50 each










Small Quantity Black Australorp Chicks as part of a Multiple Breed Order

We are usually capable of shipping chick orders with more than one breed of chicks depending on hatching availability. You will still need to order at least 25 total chicks if you want them shipped. When ordering less than 25 of any one breed, each chick will be $10. Select Quantity desired below, but if the desired quantity isn’t listed, feel free to make a note in the comment section and your order can be adjusted.










Rhode Island Red Chicks

Availability and Pricing

May 2, 2017 – Hatching capacity 100 chicks – Sold Out

May 9, 2017 – Hatching capacity 100 chicks – None Available

May 16, 2017 – Hatching capacity 75 chicks – None Available

May 23, 2017 – Hatching capacity 75 chicks – Sold Out

May 30, 2017 – Hatching capacity 50 chicks – Sold Out

 

June 6, 2017 – Hatching capacity 25 chicks – Sold Out

Small quantities of chicks may be available for local pickup during the summer months. Peak Poultry does not ship chicks in the summer months, as we feel it is risky and inhumane, traditionally we can start shipping again in October when the weather is safer to do so.

Please feel free to contact us at any time with inquires or to get on the waiting list for chicks.

Single Breed Order

Chicks start at $9.00

Minimum Order Quantity is 25 chicks

25-49 – $9.00 each

50-99 – $8.50 each

100-149 – $8.00 each

150-200 – $7.50 each










Small Quantity Rhode Island Red Chicks as part of a Multiple Breed Order

We are usually capable of shipping chick orders with more than one breed of chicks depending on hatching availability. You will still need to order at least 25 total chicks if you want them shipped. When ordering less than 25 of any one breed, each chick will be $10. Select Quantity desired below, but if the desired quantity isn’t listed, feel free to make a note in the comment section and your order can be adjusted.










Shipping Guarantee

48-Hour Live Chick Guarantee on Shipped Chicks – We have a 100% Live Delivery Guarantee. We always hope that you will receive your birds in the same healthy condition they left the farm in. Should something happen enroute, please get verification from your post office and contact us at once. We often add extra chicks (depending on the size of the order) to help fulfill this guarantee. However, if losses should occur in shipping and you do receive less live chicks than you ordered, you must notify us of the loss within 48 hours. Depending on your losses, we will work with you to make your order whole. We are always a bit on edge during the shipment period, so if you could let us know when they are safely tucked into their warm brooder, we would love it.

Can I buy sexed chicks - females only?

We do not sex chicks, we only sell day-old poultry as hatched. We do not agree with the practice of killing day-old chicks solely based on their gender. We like to see all chicks be allowed to live to fulfill their purpose, even if it is just a short life until they can be used for the table. Generally, an order of 100 birds will have 50 males and 50 females. The smaller the number of chicks you order, the less likely you are to have the 50/50 ratio. There is no guarantee of the ratio of pullets to cockerels.

Can I pick up my chicks in person?

We welcome local pickups. We would love to never ship a chick again, so if you can drive to us for pickup at 1401 Old Ivey Rd, Apex, NC 27523, that would be great! We do not charge for shipping fees during the initial order, in hopes that local pickup arrangements can be made. While birds are capable of surviving shipment as day-olds without harm to them in most cases.If you are around poultry long enough, you will hear or experience a horror story of shipping that is hard to forget. It is possible that we could arrange to meet you halfway for a delivery fee based on mileage. Arrangements will need to be made well in advance of your hatch date. You must pick the poultry up on the agreed upon date. Failure to pick the poultry up on the correct date will result in you paying a brooding charge of $1 per bird per day.

Can you ship the chicks to me?

Short answer: It depends.

Long answer: If the birds must be shipped, please know that we may not be able to ship to all addresses. Depending on the season, orders may be canceled and refunded if the shipping cannot be completed in a manner that is safe for the birds to travel. The chicks’ health is our number one concern. In the warm summer months, we do not ship anywhere that the birds cannot be overnighted to. A three-day shipping trip in hot weather is just too hard on the chicks. Sometimes shipping to a nearby large city address can make the difference between two days and three. We will work on shipping alternatives with you if your first address does not qualify. Since Avian Influenza has descended on the United States, individual State’s poultry import laws have become moving targets. When you place an order, we will make every effort to contact your state and ascertain if we are able to ship to you at this time. We will notify you quickly if we cannot take your order and will immediately process a full refund.

How far in advance should I place my order?

Be sure to order as early as possible. Our chicks are in high demand and we fill orders in the order in which they are received, on a first-come, first served basis. It is common practice to order 8-16 weeks prior to the date you want for delivery. We start taking orders January 10th for the current year to be booked and shipped between January and October. You will have some idea of our availability from our farm page, but since multiple people can be placing an order at a time, we cannot guarantee ship dates. Once you have placed an order we will then secure your place on the hatching schedule, take those birds off the market and send you a confirmation of your hatch/ship date.

When will my chicks be available?

When you place an order you can express your preferred hatch timeframe. For example: I would like my chicks to hatch in May. If no timeframe preferences are expressed, we will assume you want your order ASAP. After receiving the order, we will contact you by email with a ship date.

We do our best to meet the hatch date. If we are unable to provide chicks on the scheduled hatch day, you can choose to reschedule, receive a refund, or accept a smaller number of birds. We hatch chicks on Sundays or Mondays. Please let us know if you are willing to accept any substitutions or smaller numbers in order to accommodate a rush order.

How will I know when my chicks will arrive?

Expect your order to arrive at your local post office in one to two days from the shipping date. We always ship Priority Express. We do our best to meet the scheduled shipment date. If we are unable to provide chicks on the scheduled hatch day, you can choose to reschedule, receive a refund, or accept a smaller number of birds. We ship chicks on Mondays or Tuesdays. Please let us know if you are willing to accept any substitutions or smaller numbers in order to accommodate a rush ship date. We will always contact you (either by phone or e-mail) the day the shipment is mailed and provide you with a tracking number. Most local Post Offices will call the phone number you provided for us and hold the chicks for you to pick up at the post office. Some Post Offices will put the chicks on the residential delivery truck to bring them to your home which can result in as much as a 24 hour delay. You can help prevent that by contacting your Post Office and letting them know you are expecting chicks and to please let you know as soon as possible when they are available for pickup.

We are always thrilled to hear back when they are happily pecking away at your place in their brooder. Do NOT email while driving. Get those babies home and taken care of first!

I don't see a shipping charge listed on the website, is it free?

Shipping is not free. There is no fee above the price of the chicks for local pickup.

You must pay online for birds in order reserve your spot on the farm’s hatching schedule. We do not include shipping charges with the initial order cost because we strongly encourage picking up your chicks in person. If you choose to have your chicks shipped, we will invoice you via Paypal when we have set a shipment date, and we will require payment of said invoice before shipping your birds. We charge actual postage rates and no handling charges, so the price will vary depending on your location. We accept Paypal for payment and require all payments before hatching for both local pickup and shipped orders.

Can I change or cancel my order?

Change Policy We will do our best to accommodate changes to your order before the eggs are set in the incubator. No changes are allowed within 3 weeks of your ship date.

Cancellations are subject to a $10 fee if you cancel before your shipping invoice is paid or for local pick ups, prior to 4 weeks before your scheduled ship date. When we send the shipping invoice, you have 48 hours to accept the shipping date and pay the invoice. Contact us if you have any questions at that time. If you cancel after the shipping invoice has been paid, but before 2 weeks prior to your ship date we charge a 25% cancellation fee. No cancellations are allowed within 2 weeks of your ship date. Our priority is the chicks; they need to have homes secured when they are scheduled to hatch.

Will my chicks be vaccinated?

At this time we do not vaccinate day-old poultry. Our goal is to produce birds that can withstand common environmental stresses. If you know of a disease your birds are likely to encounter when they get to your place, please research whether our chicks are the right way to go. Please contact us if you have any concerns in this area and we can discuss it.

I do not want 50 chicks, what's the minimum I can order?

Whether you are ordering for local pickup or shipping you must order enough birds to fulfill the 25 chick minimum. Shipping under 25 chicks is dangerous for the birds, so we don’t do it. If you are ordering multiple breeds from us the total quantity must meet the minimum. You cannot combine orders from different farms to meet the minimum shipping quantity. Each one of our farms is a separate entity and we cannot combine our chicks for shipping.

If 25 seems like too many birds, remember they are straight run so you will only be expecting roughly 50% girls. Our passion is helping others interested in homesteading and or raising their own breeding stock for their family. When beginning such a program, starting with the maximum number of birds you can handle will benefit you in the long run.

If you are only wanting a few, consider offering the rest up to your local chicken friends to see if you can split a batch amongst a few people.

Am I likely to get sick from my poultry?

Live animals and pets can be a source of potentially harmful micro-organisms, germs, (including Salmonella) and bacteria. Therefore, precautions must be taken when handling and caring for them to prevent fecal/oral transmission among people. Please see the CDC website for more information. http://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/resources/salmonella-baby-poultry.pdf

Do you participate in the NPIP program?

We participate in the United States Department of Agriculture Animal Health inspection service “National Poultry Improvement Plan” (NPIP.) We are lucky in North Carolina, we have a very robust testing agency. I consider the people I work with in that organization to be a great resource for Peak Poultry. All of our birds are blood tested annually. We also test quarterly for Avian Influenza. We ship all birds with the necessary NPIP paperwork.

I have questions for Peak Poultry, can I contact you?

Of course!

Please use the contact form below to send us an email. We aim to get back to you quickly, but within 48 hours for sure.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to read my farm page. I love being a Certified Breeder with SPN-USA. I love the network and all the people I have learned from over the years.

But most of all, I LOVE my birds!