Introduction. We very much appreciate your patronage and support! We’d like to make ordering day-old chicks and / or juvenile and / or mature birds a predictable and pleasant experience for all our customers. Therefore, all orders from Überchic Ranch are subject to the following terms and conditions, and any purchaser from Überchic Ranch agrees to these terms and conditions as a prerequisite of ordering. There are no exceptions to these terms and conditions, so please read them carefully and be sure you are willing to abide by them before ordering. If you are unwilling to abide by them without complaint, please do not place an order.
Ordering. Orders may be placed through the contact form, or you can email us your specific needs and firstname.lastname@example.org. Überchic Ranch is a real working ranch and is not a commercial farm or hatchery. Our crew attends our livestock and grounds. As a result, there may be a delay in responding to your inquiries.
Live Shipped Guarantee. If you place an order for seven or more chicks and / or any number of started and / or mature birds, Überchic Ranch guarantees you will receive the number of chicks you ordered and that they will arrive live after you receive them. We are willing to send replacement birds if you cooperate with our claims process. To get your refund you must notify us of the loss within 24 hours after you receive the birds and provide an emailed photo of any dead birds. If the birds cannot fly, it would be wise to open and inspect the birds in front of a USPS clerk, to expedite the claims process.
Hatching Eggs. We don’t sell hatching eggs for chickens, as explained in our Frequently Asked Questions. However, we do sell hatching eggs for most of our pheasants and quail, with the exception of the Chestnut-bellied Scaled Quail and Green Pheasants.
Printed Catalogs. To reduce our paper, ink, and mailing / fossil fuel usage, we do not print or mail catalogs, to better our environment. However, you can request a digital catalog that you can download to your computer and print (if you wish). We sell exclusively online.
No Tours or Pick Up. We'd love to spend time with you on our grounds, but we must adhere to biosecurity and security standards. Visits would expose our flocks to the potential for inadvertent disease transmission. We simply cannot take that risk, so we don't schedule tours or on-site pick up of orders at the ’Ranch.
Minimum Order. The minimum order is seven day-old chicks. Started (juvenile) or adult (mature) birds can be sent individually. You may order fewer than seven chicks but it is not a practice we recommend, and the Live Shipped Guarantee will not apply in these cases. We believe seven chicks is the minimum number necessary to provide warmth and cushioning for safe shipment. You, the buyer, assume the risk of loss if you order fewer than seven chicks. We strongly encourage you to order the minimum to increase the health and safety of the chicks during shipping.
Vaccinations and Disease. Unless you specifically request otherwise your birds will be vaccinated for Marek’s disease. Please note that the Marek’s vaccine is not 100% effective, and even vaccinated birds may later contract Marek’s if the disease is present on your property. Marek’s is very common and often present in backyard flocks yet remains undetected because the flock is resistant to the disease. Many recently imported breeds are especially susceptible to Marek’s strains found in America. We will not replace chicks that show symptoms of Marek’s after they are shipped.
Lastly, but most importantly, you should know that it is very difficult to determine the origin of a disease in a chicken flock. The transmission of disease is a complex and subtle process, and even expert pathologists often struggle to identify the precise origin of a disease. If you have a flock consisting of birds from other sources, songbirds have access to your flock, or people have visited your property after being near chickens located elsewhere, then there are potentially many different disease pathways that could cause disease in your chickens. Please also be aware of latest Avian Flu outbreaks in the U.S. and abroad.
Quarantine. All birds received from Überchic Ranch must be quarantined and observed for at least 30 days before exposing them to your chicken flock.
Permits and Licenses. Many of the birds kept at Überchic Ranch are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and therefore require a Waterfowl Sale and Disposal Permit to be able to keep, breed, and sell the listed species. The link for the application form for the federal license is: http://www.fws.gov/forms/3-200-9.pdf. For the entire list, visit: http://www.fws.gov/birds/management/managed-species/migratory-bird-treaty-act-protected-species.php. If you intend to buy a licensed species then you will have 30 days to apply for a federal permit. Keep in mind that each State also has its own requirements. Überchic Ranch is not responsible if you are not in compliance with Local, State, and Federal laws regarding the keeping, breeding, buying, selling, releasing and / or hunting of any of the birds.
Shipping. Orders are usually shipped on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday each week and are delivered by the United States Postal Service (USPS). Up to 24 day-old chicks can be placed in a box. We charge a flat rate of $45 for sending a box of chicks via USPS Priority Mail Express anywhere in the 48 Continental U.S. We will email you the tracking number when the birds ship. We do not ship via two-day priority mail. USPS Priority Mail Express is the fastest domestic service available from the USPS. Although we pay for this express service, we cannot guarantee that your shipment will be delivered overnight and / or arrive promptly and / or on-time. The delivery commitments vary depending on your zip code; please check with the USPS if you are concerned about the possibility of two-day delivery. However, please remember that our Live Shipped Guarantee will ensure that you will be reimbursed for any chicks that died during shipment. We can arrange to ship birds for same-day delivery via Delta Airlines. This usually costs about $175+ for a box of chicks. To safeguard valuable chicks, the additional shipping costs are often warranted.
Payment. Full payment is due before the birds are shipped, primarily through our Square Merchant provider, for highest quality control purposes and to better serve you. A digital invoice will be emailed to you so that you can securely pay directly through the digital invoice. We accept most major credit cards, Paypal, money orders, and personal checks. Please send Paypal payments to email@example.com. We respect your privacy and never share or sell your personal information with any third parties.
Checks may be mailed to:
P.O. Box 26
Wilmington, MA 01887
Timing of Shipment and Order Cancellation. It is difficult to precisely predict laying rates, fertility rates, and hatch rates, especially when dealing with very small numbers of very rare animals and weather / light permitting. We do our best to accurately estimate delivery dates, but it is only an estimate, and therefore could be an inaccurate assessment. Upon ordering and / or pre-ordering, order fulfilment occurs on a "First Come, First Served" (FCFS) basis. If you order more than one breed and / or specie, the delivery date will be determined by the latest delivery date for the breeds you ordered. You should know that when you buy rare birds it is common to wait several months for delivery. Überchic Ranch is not a commercial hatchery. Please be patient. All sales are final. If we do not deliver the birds on or before the estimated ship date, you may not cancel your order, but we will be happy to exchange for a future order and / or apply store credit and / or coupon(s). However, you may cancel within 24 hours of initial payment. If you cancel your order for any reason, you will forfeit any deposit or 50% of the cost of your order, whichever is greater. There are no exceptions.
Expectations. You should expect healthy birds that reflect the fundamental attributes and Standards of Perfection (SOP) of the breed and / or specie. However, not every bird will meet SOP, although we constantly strive to perfect. We do not represent that every bird we sell is show quality or is flawless. You should receive birds that can be the foundation for a breeding program that with enough time and skill can produce show-quality birds. It should also be noted that the rarer the breed, the more likely you are to encounter problems related to inbreeding. For some breeds / species and varieties, the global breeding population consists of fewer than a dozen hens. We cull for obvious defects like crooked toes, but low fertility, low egg production, low disease resistance, and other challenges are not uncommon with extremely rare breeds. If you encounter these challenges when the birds become adults, you will need to address them with your own breeding plan. We do not offer refunds beyond the Live Shipped Guarantee.