We Have Pullets

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Baby chicken season is coming to an end. Thank you all so much for making this year our biggest yet for baby chicks. We appreciate everyone who bought from us and continue to shop at Wardle Feed!

Whats next?

PULLETS! With the winter coming, we cannot continue to sell babies much longer as they won’t be feathered out by the time the cold hits. That being said, starting Labor Day, September 7th, we are proud to offer you pullets. A pullet is a young hen under the age of 1 year. They may or may not be laying eggs yet.

Starting September 7th we will be carrying 16 week (and older) chickens of all the great breeds you saw throughout the chick season and more.

Q & A

Q: When will pullets be here?

A: September 7th, 2015 we will start regularly carrying pullets.

Q: How much will they cost?

A: Depending on breed and whether she is a layer yet, the price will vary between $25-30 per pullet.

Q: Will they be feathered out?

A: Yes, they will be ready for the coop by the time the cold comes.

Q: What else will we need with pullets?

A: A coop, heated base for your waterer, straw or pine shavings for bedding, heat lamp and shield (not necessary but some prefer to give their chickens extra heat). See our info page for chicken care here.

Q: What breeds will you carry?

A: We will carry all the same great breeds we carried throughout the year. Keep in mind that the on-hand breeds will vary depending on what is available from our chicken breeders. Some breeds may include (not guaranteed and not limited to): Australorps, Wyandottes, Rhode Island Reds, Cochins, Orpingtons, Leghorns, Americaunas, Marans, Barred Rocks, White Rocks, Welsummer, and more!

Q: Do we need to give our chickens any special food for the winter?

A: No, their normal food and water will do. Just make sure to get a heated base so you won’t have to break ice and refill water all winter long.

Q: Will they be laying?

A: Some will and some won’t be, it all depends. But remember, if it is laying it will cost a little bit more.

Q: Will you keep chickens stocked all winter long?

A: Yes, we keep chicken stocked all year round actually.

 

Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you Labor Day weekend for all your pullet needs!

 

**One reminder: We will keep pullets stocked all winter, so make sure you spread the word that Wardle Feed always has chickens! And in addition to chickens, we also carry QUAIL, TURKEY, PEACOCK, GOATS, and ROOSTERS. Spread your horizon and look into owning some of these fabulous animals for your backyard farm.

Get Your Goat

GET YOUR GOAT

Ever thought about owning goats? Either way, now’s the time.

With backyard farming on the rise, cities have loosened laws on owning goats in the city. This is good news because backyard goats are a very useful pet to own.

We sell Nigerian Dwarf goats (some call them Pygmy goats). They are a smaller breed with very good temperaments.

We sell everything you need for goats including:

  • alfalfa
  • grain goat feed
  • bale feeder
  • straw/bedding
  • coops/pens
  • feed and water buckets
  • de-wormer
  • minerals
  • electrolytes
  • treats
  • balancer

Things to consider before buying:

  • Does your city allow for goats? Make sure you check before buying one.
  • Goats can be very loud. Will this be okay or do you have one of those neighbors?
  • Goats eat everything that grows, literally. Is your backyard full of flowers or plants you don’t want destroyed? Because goats will eat them all.
  • Goats are herd animals so in order for them to be truly happy, they really need a partner. Does two goats break the deal? Goats will sometimes consider other species their herd, but to be safe we recommend more than one goat.

Benefits to owning goats:

  • They are weed eaters. They will eat down your weeds in no time at all.
  • They can be milked. Goat milk is extremely nutritious; and you will know exactly where your milk is coming from. (Important note: in order to have continued milk, your doe will need to be bred once a year so be sure to take that into consideration when looking into goats for this reason. This means you will need to increase your herd size or responsibly find homes for the kids)
  • They make great pets. They will most likely get along with your dogs and chickens. Animals are animals, so you never can say for sure but goats tend to have great dispositions.
  • Their manure is great for compost for your garden. It breaks down easily, is full of nutrients and is great for tilling.

Organic Chicken Feed!

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Looking to raise organic, non-GMO backyard chickens?

We have what you need. We proudly sell organic and nonGMO chicken feed from Manna Pro* and Ranch-Way.* Organic products are among the top consumer demands right now in America.

Grown without synthetic pesticides and high in bio-available nutrients, you can rest assured that your animals are getting the nutrition they need. As a big plus, organic agriculture is healthy for the environment and farmland ecosystems.

By feeding organic, backyard farmers can rest assured that they are getting the healthy eggs and meat that they desire for them and their families.

Our organic chicken feeds include up to 40 pound bags of:

  • Mash/Crumble
  • Pellets
  • Chick Starter
  • Scratch
  • No Soy Mash

 

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 *The only products referred to sold by these companies are those that have been certified organic by the USDA and verified nonGMO by the NonGMO Project

We sell organic chicken food to the Denver metro area, Boulder, Wheat Ridge, Aurora, Arvada, Lakewood, Centennial, Littleton, Broomfield, Thornton, Highlands Ranch, Westminster, Golden, Louisville, Northglenn, Englewood, Parker, Castle Rock, Brighton, Jefferson County, Adams County, Arapahoe County, Boulder County, Douglas County, Clear Creek County, Broomfield County and Gilpin County in Colorado.

New to Backyard Chickens?

Thinking of raising backyard chickens? You have come to the right place! Wardle Feed & Pet Supply, Denver’s Oldest Feed Store, provides everything you need, all in one place… baby chicks, feeders, waterers, coops and feed. We even offer classes on raising chickens at our monthly chicken swap, which is essentially a buy sell and trade get together. Held every third Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm, farmers from all over come by and sell animals such as baby and adult chickens, goats, ducks, pigs, turkeys, geese. Best of all, admission for buyers and sellers is free!

If you are new to backyard chickens, you may be wondering if raising chickens is right for you. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions which may help you decide.

1. Should I raise backyard chickens?

The popularity of backyard chicken raising the Denver metro area is unprecedented in our generation. It all seemed to start a few years ago when the city of Denver changed its rules and began allowing up to eight hens (female chickens) per household. Many other cities soon followed and eliminated their bans on owning any chickens in residential areas. Now, city dwellers everywhere have become very interested in learning how to be more self-sustaining and to produce more of their own food right at home whenever possible. Some of the best reasons, to raise your own chickens is that you will get the freshest possible eggs every day, your children will learn how to take care of farm animals, and you will be able to enjoy a whole new type of animal that has only been allowed on farms in the past. You will also be in control of food your chickens have eaten, how they have been treated, and can be sure that they are not filled with unhealthy hormones or antibiotics.

2. Is raising chickens very difficult?

No! You may be pleasantly surprised to learn that chickens may be among the easiest and best animals you will ever own. Compared to other pets, such as dogs and cats, they are probably way easier. Chickens generally don’t make much noise, don’t bite children (although if you put your finger close, they may peck at it), run away, chew up things, or fight. If you get them when they are babies and hold them, they will probably love to follow you around and hang out with you.

3. Is it legal for me to have chickens?

Most of the cities in the Denver metro area now allow a certain maximum number of chickens. Before you buy, call your city (or county if you live in an unincorporated area) or check its municipal or zoning code online to verify that you can own chickens and what is the maximum number of chickens allowed. No cities are allowing roosters (male chickens) unless you are zoned correctly. Also, don’t forget to check the rules if you are in a homeowner’s association or your housing community has restrictive covenants.

4. Should I buy baby chicks or adult chickens?

There is no right answer to this question but here are some things to think about. If you get babies, you will need to keep them warm and indoors for about twelve weeks, or at least until they have their feathers. If you and your children carefully hold them regularly, they will probably learn to be very social and friendly. They will still develop a pecking order but will most likely all get along very well with each other. If you buy adults, or if you add young chickens in with established adult flocks, they may not get along well. The older chickens will establish their pecking order and occasionally will not allow the younger ones to eat or they will bully and attack them. You may be able to avoid these problems by putting the younger ones into the coop for the first time at night in the dark when the older ones are nesting. Hopefully they will all wake up in the morning and get along well. Sometimes it is wise to quarantine the new ones for up to a month before adding them to an existing flock to make sure that the new ones are not sick and don’t spread disease.

5. When should I buy my chickens?

Wardle Feed sells baby chicks from February to Labor Day. Keep in mind that you have to keep them indoors until they get their feathers and are big enough to be outside, which is about 12 weeks or so. The sooner you get started, the sooner you will begin farm fresh eggs and wonderful birds.

6. Where should I buy my chickens?

BABY CHICKS: Depending on the time of year, there are many places to buy baby chickens. Wardle Feed sells high quality baby chicks (“pullets”) from February to Labor Day. Some of the big box stores sell them until Easter. There may also be mail order companies which will ship them directly to you. You may even be able to find some on Craigslist.org. What matters is that you buy healthy chickens which are likely to survive. Wardle Feed buys their baby chicks exclusively from Fulenwider Farms in Hudson, Colorado. Fulenwider has a local, large, well kept, and state of the art chicken farm. They practice humane treatment of all their animals. They are fanatics about protecting their flocks from disease so you will not be able to take a tour of their poultry facility because you could accidently track in some germs which would sicken or kill their birds. Wardle Feed gives you an exchange or money back guarantee on your pullets for THREE days and rarely ever has any returns because of the extremely high quality of the Fulenwider Farm birds.

ADULT CHICKENS: There are several places to possibly buy adult birds. For example, Wardle Feed holds a chicken swap every third Saturday from February to October (weather permitting), from 8 am to 2 pm. This is an animal and normally, many folks show up with laying hens to sell. Admission is free for buyers and sellers. You can also look on Craigslist.org and watch for other chicken swaps around town at other feed stores.

7. What breed should I buy?

There are lots of breeds and colors to choose from. Most are pretty good egg layers. Decide first if you are buying your chickens for eggs or meat, then pick your breed accordingly. Wardle Feed sells many different breeds of baby chicks but their availability depends on what has hatched each day at the Fulenwider Farms’ incubators. Baby chicks sell very quickly so stop in or call ahead anytime to find out what breeds are in stock. You may find it fun to get a few different types of chickens so you can have a variety of egg colors, such as pink, green, brown, cream or white. Before you buy, ask about mixing breeds and whether they will be ok together. Here is a chart with some of the breeds and their characteristics:

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8. When and how many eggs will I get?

Once they start laying (usually at about 19 to 24 weeks old), you should get around 5 eggs per chicken per week. However, there are times your chickens will lay fewer eggs, especially in the cold of winter or during times of stress. They will also eventually “molt”, which is when they stop laying for a while and grow new feathers. Once their molt is complete, they will start laying eggs again. Chickens will molt about one time a year and this may last for four to six weeks.

9. Do I need a rooster to get eggs?

No, a rooster is only needed if you are going to try to get fertilized eggs to hatch your own chicks. Hens have been bred to lay eggs and should do so for at least two years before their egg production starts to drop off.

10. What about predators?

Foxes, coyotes, eagles and raccoons love to eat chickens. So will dogs, including yours. Therefore, you should take precautions to keep your chickens protected, especially at night, since predators may be all around us in the city nowadays. Since your chickens will roost at night, if you have a secure coop, you can simply close up the coop to keep the predators out.

11. What equipment do I need and how much will it cost?

You will be surprised at how little it costs to get started with your new chickens. For example, if you decide to buy five baby chicks and you use an old storage tub or cardboard box from home, but have no other equipment or supplies, you can spend as little as about $50 to get set up.

Once your chickens have feathers, you will need to put them outside and start thinking a little bigger. They will need a bigger waterer and feeder for sure. These range from $15 to $35 each. They will also need a safe place to stay (“chicken coop”) and inside their coop, a place to nest when they lay eggs (“nesting box”) as well as a place to roost at night. You can either build or buy a chicken coop, which ever you prefer. Wardle Feed sells and delivers both high quality pre-built coops and complete, build-it-yourself coops in a box. There are websites which sell chicken coop plans if you decide to build one yourself and want some guidance. If you do decide to buy a chicken coop, you should budget $299 to $599 for a coop that will comfortably hold up to five chickens and will last for years. Plan on spending a little more than this if you are raising larger flocks of chickens.

 

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12. What about winter time?

Chickens are more comfortable when it is cooler, such as around 40° to 45° F. They will stay close together when they are roosting but it when it gets very cold in the winter, you should consider either closing the door to their roosting area and/or leaving on a 100 watt light bulb on to keep them a little warmer. You should also consider buying a water heater so that you don’t have to worry about their water freezing (do this early before they are sold out for the winter).

13. How much will it cost to continue to feed my flock once they are laying eggs?

You should always use a good quality feed. There are many choices such as commercial feed blends and specialty organic blends. If you use a standard commercial feed, such as Egg Maker® from MannaPro®, you may spend about $2.50 per month per chicken. If you buy the most expensive organic feed, such as Ranch-Way Feeds® Easy Feed Organic Layer you may spend about $6.00 per month per bird. Also, you may need to occasionally mi x in some oyster shells to make sure your flock’s eggs don’t have soft shells. A 5 lb. bag of oyster shells is about $5.49, and should last for several months or more with five chickens. And, chickens love to nibble on a little bit of Scratch, which is a mixture of milo, cracked corn, and wheat, as a special treat each day. A bag of hen scratch is about $12.99 and should last two months or more with five chickens. Chickens also love household food scraps, such as any vegetable matter. Avoid feeding them garlic or other spicy foods or their eggs will pick up that flavor. Also, avoid hard squashes such as pumpkin, acorn, or Hubbard, as they may bind up your birds’ intestinal tracks.

14. How do I learn more about raising backyard chickens?

Wardle Feed regularly offers a class called, Chicken Keeping 101. The class is taught by a local poultry expert from Fulenwider Farms and covers everything you need to know about raising chickens, including a question and answer session. Or, call us at Wardle Feed anytime and our friendly, well-trained staff will answer your questions. You can also buy books and videos online or rent them from your local library.

Still have more questions? Ask us right here!

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Bee Packages

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STAY TUNED FOR UPDATED NEWS ON NEXT YEARS BEE PACKAGES

Details:

Cost: $99

All bee packages must be prepaid and preordered. They will be delivered in the Spring (dates coming).

How do I preorder?

Call 303-424-6455 and pay with a credit card over the phone

or, come into the store and pay in person.

How do I install the package?

Sign up for our Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping. A local bee expert from Dakota Bees will lead the class through everything you need to know to become a backyard beekeeper.

Click here to see the class schedule and sign up.

Chicks for Sale

Wardle Feed is proud to offer a wide variety of chick breed from February 13th through Labor Day. Costs and availability vary daily. Swing by and see what types are currently available.

Q: How much are they?

A: Prices vary by the breed. Most are around $3.50-$7 per chick.

Q: How do I get a specific breed?

A: Because of the nature of chick hatching, we are only able to carry a limited number of breeds at a time. Availability will vary daily. Call if you are looking for a specific breed and we’ll let you know if we plan on carrying it. 303-424-6455

Q: Can I reserved my chicks?

A: No. We sell our chicks on a first-come first-serve basis. The best way to make sure you get the chicks you want is to swing by the store or call for availability.

Q: What kinds do you usually carry?

A: The breeds we’re able to carry with greater consistency includes:

  • Rhode Island Reds
  • White Leghorns
  • Black Stars
  • Wyandotte
  • New Hampshire Red

 

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Need A Chicken Coop?

Wardle Feed and Pet is proud to offer a wide variety of high quality chicken coops custom built by Fulenwider Farms. We carry several models in store and those not in the store can be ordered and custom built to any specification (additional costs may apply). Check them out below. Any questions, call 303-424-6455.

Farmer

44 Square Feet, 4x8x4

 

 

 

 

Tractor

36 Square Feet

3x8x3

 

 

Condo

40 square feet

3x8x3

 

Free Ranger

24 square feet

3x4x6

 

Gazibo

41.5 square feet

6x6x6

We also have  rabbit hutches!

Is Your Dog’s Food Healthy?

Are you feeding your pet a healthy dog food?

I’ve just stumbled across a website that does a wonderful job reviewing various dog foods and explaining the pros and cons of each type of food. An important thing to watch out for in dog foods are corn products, meat by-products and sugary fillers like corn syrup. I was amazed at how many low rated dog foods there were.

Check it out here.

I was happy to see that the food I feed my dog (Canidae ALS) was highly rated. 5 stars.

Check out some reviews of other dog foods we carry. All highly rated.

Taste of the Wild, 6 Stars! (the highest rating)

Canidae, 5 Stars

Avoderm, 4 Stars

Pinnacle, 4 Start

Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul, 4 stars

New Wardle Feed Website!

Welcome to the new website!

Here are some features coming your way:

  • Full e-commerce store.
  • Local delivery service. Do you live in the Denver metro area? We’re launching a full delivery service for any size order. More details to come. For now, if you want a delivery, call 303-424-6455 for more info. Soon you’ll be able to order it through our website
  • Helpful blog! We’ll be updating our blog with useful articles and info relevant to your animals.
  • Newsletter with coupons and information!

Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter! (There’s a sign up box on the home page at the bottom) We’ll be sending out worth while coupons and details on coming events and products. Trust us, no spam emails.