Backyard Poultry

Cardigan Feed Services Ltd. Has Everything You Need To Keep Your Flock Healthy
Healthy – Productive – Poultry

 

Cardigan Feed Services Ltd. carries many items necessary for your Family Flock.  Besides the food we have chicken waterers and feeders.  We also have heater bases and heated poultry founts.  We also stock chicken grit, oyster shells, mealworms, forage cakes, vitamins and electrolytes.  There are treat balls and treats for your chicks; poultry protector, red lake diatomaceous earth, egg cleaners and incubators.  We also can special order items you need including organic chicken feed and Amish chicken coops.

Please call us at 902-583-2055 if you have any questions.

Selecting the Right Bird
The many species of poultry come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Most families interested in eggs or meat choose chickens, but show birds, game birds, waterfowl, and turkeys are becoming increasingly popular. Many people simply enjoy watching colorful and unique birds roaming their backyard. The species, breeds and strains you choose depend on your goals as a small flock owner.  Whatever your reason for having a family flock, be sure to visit Cardigan Feed Services Ltd. for the very best in feed alternatives.  Besides specific formulas for chickens we carry cracked and whole corn, and many other bird seeds.

For Egg Production 
Maximal egg production is achieved using commercial White Leghorn-type hybrids. These birds are also the most efficient at converting feed to eggs. They weigh about three pounds at 20 weeks of age and about four pounds when mature. If well-managed, these birds will lay at a high rate.
For Meat Production 
Meat-type chickens are not really specific breeds but rather hybrids or combinations of many breeds that result in very desirable growth and carcass traits.  Chicks grow very rapidly, reaching four to six pounds by six to eight weeks of age, and do so with excellent feed conversion (the pounds of feed needed to attain one Dark Cornish Hen pound of gain is quite low). This allows them to get to market weight faster.

.Dual Purpose Production 

Many small flock owners prefer commercial production Reds (for instance, Rhode Island Reds) or sex-linked hybrids. These birds produce brown-shelled eggs and have meatier carcasses than Leghorns. They may produce fewer eggs than Leghorn-type hybrids and are less meaty than true meat-type birds, but they do well serving the dual purpose of providing meat and eggs for your family. In addition, many breeds with a variety of colors and patterns fall into this class, making for a colorful, eye-pleasing flock.

For Show or Pets 
There are a multitude of unusual, indeed exotic-looking breeds that are fun to show or simply own as unique pets. They display a wide variety of sizes, personalities, colors, patterns, plumage styles and comb types. Be sure to thoroughly research the needs of individual breeds before purchasing them, as some have very specific environmental needs and may not mix well into the average backyard flock.
Waterfowl, Game Birds and Turkeys in Backyard Flocks
It is more and more common to find people acquiring an eclectic collection of chicken, turkey, game bird (quail, pheasant, etc.) and waterfowl breeds (ducks and geese) and keeping them as one flock. While it can be done, it is not an optimal situation for the birds, as chickens, turkeys, game birds and waterfowl often have very different nutritional and environmental needs. They may also have distinct temperament differences that can cause problems if the birds do not have enough space to be comfortably separate. If you plan to keep waterfowl, game birds or turkeys as well as chickens, you should plan to be able to feed and house them separately for best results. Ducks are smaller than geese, require less room and are very fun to watch, but they are also more prone to predators. Duck breeds raised for meat include Muscovy, Pekin, and commercial Rouens, while Mallards, Khaki Campbell and Blue Swedish are becoming increasingly popular as duck pets.

Geese are good foragers. Given enough acreage, they will generally need less feed than ducks. In addition, they are seldom bothered by predators. In fact, Canada geese are popular for their “watch dog” personalities. Breeds of geese commonly raised for meat or pets include Emden, African, Toulouse, Pilgrim and White Chinese. Game birds such as pheasant and partridge can be beautiful additions to backyard flocks, but many have specific requirements for environmental “cover” plants. And their nutritional needs are very different from those of waterfowl and chickens, which resembles those of turkeys more than any other bird.

 

 Here’s a link to lots of useful information from Purina.

 

 

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Atlantic Poultry Delivery Dates for Chick Orders 2018

Place Order Before

February 27, 2018

April 24, 2018

May 22, 2018

June 19, 2018

July 17, 2018

August 14, 2018

 

Approximate Hatch Date

March 27, 20148

May 22, 2018

June 19, 2018

July 17, 2018

August 14, 2018

September 11, 2018

 

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Address

20 Hazelgreen Road

Cardigan PE C0A 1G0

Canada

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(902) 583 2055 

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