Chick Supply Problems of 2021

With the term Great Reset thrown around as well as Reset the Table, the Rockefeller Foundation’s plan for food equality, I wonder could there be a connection or have people just lost their minds?

Supply problems are cropping up everywhere. We have already seen that canning lids are now no longer being shipped to the Pacific Northwest until May?  Frustrations are rising as people seek to continue their lifestyles just as they were before the pandemic.  Even the United States manufactures and suppliers are having troubles getting their products to market.  Retail stores are tossing their hands up as customers constantly request items that normally stock the shelves, but the retailers just can’t get them on the trucks to their unloading docks at the store.

The video is about our search for a breed of chicken we want to have and our compromise that had to be made because who knows when the next shipment will come?  My wife has been calling the store for weeks now and no shipment seems to come except for today.  The orders by the stores are not being met, as if the hatcheries are no longer even trying to produce what the customer wants anymore.  The store has been receiving some very random fowl that has been more foul of the order.

If you could comment below on supply issues you are currently seeing, we would appreciate it because it seems like this just might be a Pacific Northwest issue or even a farmer/homestead issue,  at least with canning lids, chicks, oyster shell for the chickens, organic chicken feed, and bullets.   What a combo!  All things necessary for the homestead.


9 thoughts on “Chick Supply Problems of 2021

  1. According to my kids in Texas, it’s not just the PNW.
    Jar lids can be resealed a couple of times and once in the 70s when lids were scarce, Mom started sealing with parafin wax. That can be reused over and over!
    I’m finding ordering direct better than stores so maybe try getting some fertile eggs from someone who has the chickens you want, and then buy an incubator with an egg turner. Hatch your own eggs. It’s relatively easy.
    I used to hatch turkeys.
    Bullets are another issue. Can’t get them from the stores. Orders aren’t being filled
    I find this all BS …I do not think we can be “allowed” to take care of ourselves so things have been set in to motion to keep us dependent.
    What kind of chickens are you looking for?

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  2. Kelli, from YouTube comments and here, we have supply issues that are affecting homesteaders in these areas; Pacific Northwest including N. Idaho, S.W. Montana, Michigan, and Texas. This can’t be a pileup of orders from hatcheries since we have been coming out of the “pandemic” since January and the hatcheries had over 21 days to get peeps out. I think you are right Kelli about the BS; however, the motives of dependency is causing the adverse effect. I am thinking of other ways to make my supply happen. I am going to try and hatch my own at school, better power source, and see what happens. We are looking for Australorps a very hardy and friendly breed for N.Idaho, but if I hatch my own there will be a cross of different breeds.


  3. The supply line issues go beyond just the PNW. I have gone into the indoor sales of sprinkler gear with my local supplier, and the materials and resins needed to manufacture anything pipe, pipe fittings, or plastic related materials are taking another hit this year in weekly price jumps and possible allocations of needed supplies in a booming housing market. Shutting down an oil pipeline is having serious affects on not just fuel prices, but anything having a petroleum base.

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  4. Canning supplies are just beginning to show up again in the USA desert southwest. I actually saw a store shelf with one case of each of the various sizes of Ball brand jars.

    I’m also seeing lots of brands that I’ve never noticed before. The local hardware store was selling Pur band snap lids.

    The supply chains are all sized perfectly for the moment and any excess capacity or excess inventory is “ruthlessly” eliminated in the name of efficiency. While this is very efficient, it is also very brittle. Even a slight increase in demand that happens quickly will likely turn into a problem that cascades into a major event.

    Like the game of crack the whip, the farther down the chain one goes, the more noticeable the effects.

    I noticed you mentioned you haven’t been able to get any eggs to hatch? Putting on my smart aleck hat……There are chickens that are called roosters….. 🙂 🙂

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    • It seems manufacturers are ignoring the supply and demand or perhaps they figured it out. Limit supply; charge more for limited demand.
      We have had our ladies start a clutch then give up too soon before they hatch. Plus, every chicken seems to think the have to place their egg under the broody mama hen. By the time we find her hidden in the brush, she has given up.

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      • Using lids as an example, if the suppliers can come up with the extra materials, then there is a chance the production can be increased. The chance depends on whether the lid production facilities are already maxed out. Often they are at maximum capacity so as to derive maximum benefit from the machinery…spare capacity is viewed as “waste”. Working where I did, the engineers were always fighting that “spare capacity equals waste” battle. The engineers usually lost.

        So, if things are maxed out, chances are that more more machines are needed and that is likely a many month process to go through all “9 billion things” that need to happen before the machines are up and running.

        Since there is little penalty for being unable to meet unusual demands, the situation is unlikely to change.

        So, like I said, the system is highly efficient but very brittle.

        That’s too bad about the chicken behavior. I couldn’t resist the rooster comment! There is “one” in every crowd and I’m proud to be *the one*. 🙂

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  5. You might look into Tattler reusable canning lids. I think they’re still available. A little more challenging to get right in my experience, but they’re not disposable.

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    • We have the Tattlers. And yes, they are more of a challenge to get them all to seal on 1st try. However, we might start using them again, but the process slows down to increase success rate when using them.

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