Looking for chickens and chicks for sale in Maine? I’ve put together a list of the farms and hatcheries in Marine selling hatching eggs and baby chicks for you.
Take a look at the listings below and some additional resources I’ve added. Hopefully, you’ll find what you’re looking for!
Chicken Hatchery Maine Listing
|Orchard Ridge Farm||Gorham, ME||207-239-0442||https://www.orchardridge.farm/|
Orchard Ridge Farm
Address - Gorham, ME
Phone - 207-239-0442
Contact - [email protected]
Website - https://www.orchardridge.farm/
I couldn’t find a lot of hatcheries and businesses selling new chicks in the Maine area. Although, I have to say that Orchard Ridge Farm has one of the best selection of breeds I’ve seen in recent memory.
If you can’t find what you want there, however, here are some other options:
Maine Backyard Chickens Facebook Group - This Facebook group is for backyard chicken owners in Maine to buy and sell chickens, and chicken-related stuff like coops, eggs, food, and loads more.
Strombergs Chickens - Strombergs is a large online hatchery. You can order just about any breed of chicken at any age and have them delivered to your doorstep.
Cackle Hatchery - Cackle Hatchery is another online hatchery and poultry breeder to check out. I’m always hearing good things about their customer service, so it’s worth browsing what they have if you’re shopping for chicks.
Preparing for New Chicks
If you’re buying new chicks, you need to be prepared. Don’t panic, they aren’t hard to care for, just make sure you have at least the following covered:
Food - You can’t bring home chicks without having food ready for their hungry little beaks. They will be on starter feed for 8 weeks or so.
Heat - You will need to provide a nice heated area in the 90-95 degree range. Slowly dropping the temperature over the coming weeks until they’re old enough to brave the temps where you are.
Water - Fresh drinking water should be available at all times. It’s vital they drink plenty daily so keep an eye on how fast it’s going down.
Space - Cramped conditions will have a negative impact on the health of chicks and chickens. Provide half an sq ft per chick if you can.
That’s the basics, from there you get to enjoy caring for your chicks. They’re a load of fun to watch each day, handle, and see grow up!
Should You Buy From an NPIP Poultry Breeder?
You may have noticed some poultry sellers displaying their NPIP certification badge. This shows that they are part of the NPIP program which stands for the National Poultry Improvement Plan.
This means they test and vaccinate their flock for a lot of the diseases that cause havoc in the poultry industry.
It’s a voluntary plan, not something breeders have to join by law. But it’s a well-recognized body, and something I always look for when buying chicks or chickens.
It gives you some added confidence that you’re buying from a breeder that cares about their animals. That’s something very important to me.