Deathlayer Chicks (Westfalische Totleger)
Spectrum Poultry is now accepting orders for the 2023 spring season. We have opened up our website for preorders!
We have an 8 chick minimum for shipping orders. 2 chick minimum for pick up orders. You can mix and match the different breeds we carry.
Deathlayers aka Westfalische Totleger is an ancient German breed of chicken. A translation of its German name Totleger, means "death layer". This stunning breed is said to lay eggs until the day it dies! The history of this breed goes back more than 400 years. Their population has declined drastically over the centuries. With your help we can protect this beautiful rare breed. Greenfire Farms is the original importer who introduced Deathlayers into the United States. Their line is directly from Germany. Deathlayers come in two varieties, Gold and Silver Pencilled. Spectrum Poultry carrries the Silver variety.
We have had our Deathlayer line for 6 years now.￼ We have found that the chicks are more fragile when they are young compared to the other breeds that we carry. They seem to need extra fluids and TLC when they are young. When we mail out Deathlayer chicks, we like to offer a couple extra as long as we have them available.
We begin shipping out Deathlayer hatching eggs in March/April and chicks in May weather permitting. Deathlayer chicks are more fragile than the other breeds we carry. We need to make sure the weather is warm enough for them to have safe travels.
We are mainly going to offer day old chicks this season. Hatching eggs will be available on a limited basis in between setting our incubators for chick orders. We will post hatching eggs for availability on our Facebook page.
Orders can be placed directly through our website. Payments are required in full at the time of purchase. Once your order is placed, that will reserve your spot in line. Orders are sent out depending upon when payment is received and availability. Please check with us on your estimated shipping date prior to placing your order. That way you have a rough idea when you can expect your chicks or hatching eggs to arrive.
*Chicks are sold as straight run.
*Fertility is checked often and is excellent!
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- We do not warranty hatching eggs for hatchability but know that what we send you is the same quality we put in our own incubators!
- We do warranty chicks for 48 hours after they arrive in your care. Should you have a loss, please contact us within that window.
- 8 chicks minimum to ship. Yes, you can combine different breeds! We ship chicks Priority Mail Express 1-2 day delivery in a new box with everything they need.
- Hatching Eggs are shipped Priority Mail 2-3 day delivery.
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