2017 Ordering Guidelines
Thank you very much for your interest in our rare breed and heritage chickens for sale. We ship Canada wide. Please read all the information below before ordering:
The Grade Eh Farms 2017 Price List for Chicks & Chickens is attached to the right side bar of this page or you can view it on our website's Price List page. It is important you have your mind made up prior to ordering. We know this can be difficult so if you have any questions on what breeds are right for you, please read the information on our website or ask us. It is our hope that you enjoy these birds as much as we do.
2017 Poultry Ordering Guidelines:
Once you have decided on the breed you would like to purchase, you can place your order by sending us an email. We will then send you an order form/ invoice for your review and approval. A 50% deposit will hold your order in queue.
This document contains all relevant information to our policies. Use only as reference.
Health & Safety of the Birds. We operate according to the WA National Poultry Improvement Plan. This assures no major issues occur through negligence. Canada has no real testing program for small breeders so we have chosen to adopt the WA NPIP program since Washington is the closest State to our Province. As much as we would love to have you to the farm, we limit visits for the safety of our birds. We do our best within reason to maintain a happy, healthy level of bio security.
Shipping your Orders. We can ship chicks by WestJet. This is something that takes additional coordination and cost. And for clients in the Interior, we prefer to ship eggs unless you have a non-stop direct flight. If you choose shipping by WestJet, please make sure there is a direct flight to where you will be receiving shipment.
We will email & text you once your order has shipped.
Drop-off/ Meet-up for Orders. We can arrange a pick-up at the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal. We can also meet at a certain agreed upon point for drop-off of orders. We will have to calculate for travel or fuel charge. The calculated amount will be sent to you before you finalize your order.
Straight Run, No Chick Kill Farm. Chicks will be sold straight run unless specified as we do not squeeze chicks. We are a no chick kill farm. Any additional roosters or “culls” are raised for eating and food donation. Also depending on the time of year, you may order fresh chicken that has been pasture raised.
If you are ordering a straight run breed, we suggest you order twice as many birds as you would like hens.
Auto Sexing Birds. Fortunately for the consumer, majority of our birds are auto sexing. We do guarantee 90% accuracy on auto sexing breeds and typically send additional chicks to cover the chance of error. All others will be sold straight run.
Bringing Chicks Home. Shipped poultry will be under seven days old. If you do not want extra roosters in your shipment for warmth, please state it on the order form. We will send additional roosters/ chicks for warmth when available. We primarily deal with farmers and extra roosters are an added bonus for the table and breeding program. You must order at least a dozen chicks during the colder months. Please specify if you are a backyarder or a farmer.
We do not guarantee that your results will be optimal if you integrate our chickens to your current flock with no bio security plan in place, or if your birds have been purchased from ANY type of auction. This includes “poultry swaps” with special marked boxes and the like. Purchasing hens from auctions can pose a serious risk of disease and stress related problems, mixing hens of different ages and from different sources is a common cause of health problems.
Guarantees cannot be given due to due to varying breeding programs. We cannot assure your survival rate due to varying climates and environmental conditions. Our chicks should not be mixed to your current flock until 18-20 weeks of age. Reason being that young chickens have an immature immune system which may not be able to cope with disease challenges from older chickens.
They should not be mixed with ex-battery hens. Ex-battery hens have undergone a commercial vaccination program and may be disease carriers. These birds have been kept for 12 mos. in intensive systems and may be suffering from chronic disease. The industry refers to them as spent hens for a reason.
They should not be mixed with other birds showing signs of illness, or which have been ill in the past. Many poultry diseases remain dormant in a seemingly healthy chicken, and may crop up again at times of stress.
We ask that you quarantine our birds 4 months before introducing them to your current flock. If not possible at least 30 days could suffice.
Policy on Chicks. We have an arrive-alive policy for our chicks. Because we are not a hatchery, it takes us countless hours to ship you one small box of chicks. If you choose to ship those chicks 3,000 km in the cargo hold of an airplane, that is your choice and we will do everything within our power to assure they make it safe. You must use sound judgment when ordering. We reserve the right to decline rebate or credit per chick at our discretion. Typically extras are sent to cover any losses during early season shipping. We have yet to lose any shipped chicks. It is true that our birds have been bred for the climate North of the border. They have adapted as such and are very vigorous chicks. We suggest shipping East of BC in April-June and again in the fall.
Hatching Eggs. We will be focusing on chicks in 2017. However, from time to time, we may have hatching eggs available. If we do ship hatching eggs, we will do our best to properly and securely pack them but no guarantee and no replacement policy. We will not be held accountable for Canada Post's shipping. We take good care in transporting the package to the Canada Post office but once it is in Canada Post's care, we are no longer responsible for it. We will not be held accountable for any delays by Canada Post. If Canada Post Xpresspost cannot deliver on time and you want us to try to get refund on shipping cost on your behalf, we need to charge a processing fee of $31.00 to resolve the issue with Canada post and issue you the remaining.
In-House Specials. We are a preservation farm. All the breeds you see listed on the website are at the farm. We price our poultry to allow for improvements of the flocks, new genetics, and original cost of legal importation. We have numerous breeds that are not listed. If you are looking for a particular bird feel free to drop us an email.
Backyard Hens. If you are waiting on backyard hens, we can typically accommodate your order with advance notice. The requirement for Vancouver is 4 month old pullets (female). Seldom will you need to wait four months to get your order.
Our Mailing Address. Please mail cheques to Grade Eh Farms, Suite 203 – 4768 53 Street, Delta, BC V4K 5B2, Canada
Summary of Payment Process:
1. Pick out what you like.
2. Email us the breed you want to purchase.
4. We will send you a copy of the Grade Eh Farms Order Form so you can finalize your order.
5. Fill out the Order Form and send it to us either by regular mail or scanned copy by email with preferred time frame. This will serve as a guide for us in booking and shipping your order.
6. We will calculate the cost of shipping and handling and send you back the form as invoice.
6. For your convenience, you can also send us your contact information and we can fill out the Order Form for you and estimate for shipping and handling at the same time. We can then send it to you as an order form/invoice for your review and approval.
7. Confirm and pay bill. We accept cheques. We also accept payments by email with e-transfer. Please make cheques payable to Grade Eh Farms.
8. Orders will be placed in queue once we receive a 50% deposit. Your deposit will hold your place. When we are ready to ship, we will let you know. And your order will be scheduled and booked for shipping once full payment has been finalized. You will receive an approximate shipping date with confirmation. Once we have shipped your order, we will email and text you to let you know of the flight number or tracking number.
Cancellation Policy. Once you have paid and your order has been booked, there is a 50% cancellation fee.
Patience. Please remember, we are a small family farm with an emphasis on breeding the best dual purpose poultry available. (Not a hatchery). Simply put, overzealous hobbyists. We are doing this as a hobby to help with cost of preserving heritage and rare breed chickens. We will do our best to accommodate your order in a timely manner. You have to order within season as we cannot guarantee specific hatch dates since we cannot guarantee the hatch rate and laying rate of each of our hens. We will get to everyone who finalizes their order in the order that we receive payment. We ask for patience.
Refund of Payment. If we do miss your order or we are unable to fulfill your order within the season you requested, we will give you a full refund of payment or fill your order at a later date.
Due to our own personal concerns, we currently do not vaccinate for ilt, ib, or nd. This may change in the future as we add breeds to the genetic poultry vault. For the most part we operate in full disclosure. No secrets. To date, we have had no issues with birds other than a bout of dry fowl pox caused by mosquitos. Our flock loss was less than 1% and future generations will be stronger due to this exposure. We will continue breeding for resistance to Mareks and cocci and have made vast improvements to benefit the consumer.
The above are basic guidelines and subject to change.