To learn about the different breeds we raise, click on the breed name to the left. If you do not see a breed listed, we do not raise it. By focusing on just a few breeds, we are able to raise larger numbers and make more progress in our breeding program. For pricing and to order day old chicks for mail order, click here. For on farm pick up orders of day old chicks, click here.
All of our chickens are pastured. They roam about freely searching for bugs, clover and other tasty treats. This results in happier and healthier chickens but more importantly eggs that are better for you, higher in vitamins and lower in cholesterol (see Mother Earth News).
Whitmore Farm participates in the NPIP monitoring program for Avian Influenza, Salmonella Pullorum Typhoid, Mycoplasma Gallisepticum and Mycoplasma Synoviae.
There is a lot of confusion regarding the terms used to describe how poultry are raised. Below are some clarifications.
Pastured - means they are raised outdoors on grass. Some people use temporary fencing to protect the poultry and move the pens on a daily basis. Whitmore Farms allows its chickens to roam freely, out in the open, and relies on guard dogs for protection.
Organic - means they are fed grains and other foodstuff that have been grown without chemicals and that have not been genetically modified. It also means no antibiotics or hormone supplements are fed to the animals. Chickens can still be raised inhumanely in tiny cages in factory farms and fed organic grains. The eggs and meat will not have all the nutrition benefits associated with pastured products.
Free Range - means the animal is not individually caged and has access to outdoors. Access can be an open window or a door to a small run that may be open for a few minutes a day. Chickens can still be raised inhumanely with thousands of animals crammed in a metal shed, shoulder to shoulder, walking in their own feces. The eggs and meat will not have any of the nutritional benefits associated with pastured products.
Bottom line, grass is where it's at! Let a chicken be a chicken and do chicken like things outdoors! They are happier, you get better tasting, more nutritious food! Come by sometime and see for yourself. Visitors are welcome at Whitmore Farm.
Whitmore farms sells eggs, meat, and breeding stock for all of our breeds. For more photos of these breeds and any other type of poultry, see www.feathersite.com
If you are in need of poultry health advise or poultry veterinary services, we highly recommend McKillop Poultry Medicine in Frederick, Maryland. Dr. McKillop has been invaluable in helping us take our poultry management and hatchery operation to the next level. She is knowledgeable, friendly and her fees are reasonable.