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Please order from us only if you agree to all the conditions outlined below.
Mondays and Tuesdays the weeks of
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20, June 3 and 10. Ducklings and goslings are shipped the day they hatch.
Sexing: Except for sexed pairs as
specified on the gosling price lists, ducklings and goslings are sold unsexed
and in the sex ratio provided by nature. Usually this means about
half of each gender, although it can vary from week to week. Sorry,
we do not sex out extra females.
Minimum Orders: The fewest
day-olds we ship are 4 goslings or 10 ducklings. These minimums
are required in order to allow the babies to maintain the correct
temperature while traveling. If you order both ducklings and
goslings, they will be put in separate compartments of the shipping box
to safeguard ducklings from being trampled by the larger goslings.
For orders that are picked up at the
Preservation Center, the minimum is two hatchlings. Both ducks and geese are such social animals
that they do not thrive when raised alone. There is no minimum
order for adult birds.
Ordering: Orders are filled on a
first come, first served basis. If you want day-olds during a
specific week, order them well in advance. Only occasionally can
last minute orders for hatchlings be filled. Please give earliest and latest date
you will accept delivery and second breed choices. Please make
your check or money order out to Holderread Waterfowl Farm and send
to PO Box 492, Corvallis OR 97339.
In mid-March we begin
contacting customers regarding the expected shipping date(s) for the
orders received. We also contact customers the day of shipment
to confirm that the order has been shipped--so you know when to
expect the call from the post office letting you know that your
birds are ready for picking up.
Terms: All orders received after
December 31 must be accompanied by full remittance. A 25% deposit
will book orders received prior to January 1, with the balance due 21
days before the shipping date. Payment can be made with check
or money order. Sorry, we do not accept payment by credit card.
If for any reason we are unable to fill your order, you will be refunded
in full. There is a $15 service charge on cancelled orders.
No refund on cancellations within 7 days of scheduled shipping date.
There is a $15.00 fee for returned checks.
Shipping: Day-olds are mailed
insured Priority Mail and delivered to your post office,
normally 12 to 60 hours after they leave us. (Due to postal
regulations, hatchlings cannot be shipped via the postal service into
Canada. Our Canadian customers have their birds shipped to a
stateside post office for pick up. Let us know to which U.S. town
you wish them mailed. Payment must be made by money order or bank
check in U.S. dollars.)
Insurance: Ducklings and goslings
ship very well and normally arrive in good condition. However,
because we have no control over the treatment they receive once they
leave us, all shipments are insured for loss, damage, or shortage
occurring en route. Always open boxes and check the birds in the
presence of the postal carrier. if damage, shortage or death
occurred during shipment, file a claim (Postal Form 1000) at your post
Guarantee: We guarantee the following:
1) birds we sell are from our own stock,
2) our flocks are annually blood-tested and inspected by the Oregon Department of
3) day-olds are carefully graded and any found with physical defects
or low vigor
4) Top Show Quality hatchlings are out of our special exhibition matings. (Keep in
not every offspring out of even the best breeding stock will be show
specimens or suitable
for breeding. A good rule of thumb is to raise 2 to 3
young for every show bird desired.)
Due to factors
beyond our control, aside from the above, our birds are sold without any other warranties
whatsoever. In no case will we be responsible for more than the day-old price.
Notification Service: Include your phone
number (or that of a neighbor or friend) to be put on the shipping box,
so your post office can contact you when the birds arrive. We will
phone or e-mail you to confirm that your birds are on their way.
Pre-ordered adults and hatchlings may be picked up by appointment.
Pick-Up Orders for more details.) To safeguard the birds here
at the Waterfowl Farm & Preservation Center from exposure to disease
brought in by visitors, and in accordance with the National Poultry
Improvement Plan and recommendations of the Oregon Department of
Agriculture, areas where birds are kept are off limits to visitors.
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