I live in Olympia, WA and I'm hoping to raise some Icies this year. I guess a hatchery in Bellingham that had some had to cull thousands of them because of avian flu, and they're now hard to find. Is there a permie out there who has Icelandic chicks for sale in Western Washington? Or that is willing to ship to Western Washington?
Where on earth did you get that information, Kyle? There are less than 1,000 Icelandic chickens in the U.S., and no hatchery carries them, anywhere. There is *one* breeder on the Kitsap Peninsula who has a very small breeding flock (I would guess around 10 birds) and has suspended all sales for this year because of their concerns about biosecurity and AI. Not at all the same thing.
Icelandic chickens are hard to find because only three importations have been made in to the U.S. since 1997 when the first import was brought over, and most of the breeders who have them have relatively small flocks. Most of these breeders have been inundated with requests since the article about Icelandics in Mother Earth News came out, and have very long waiting lists or have sold out entirely for the year. There are, however, many people trying to simply capitalize on their recent popularity and pass off other breeds (like Swedish Flower Hens) as Icelandics. Please do your research before buying stock, and make sure that you are indeed getting the chickens you think you're paying for.
I've checked with all the Icelandic folks I know of and there are no chicks or hatching eggs left for 2015. Every one of them cited the Mother Earth News Report as the cause for their sale stock being sold out. Now would, however, be a good time to get on the 2016 list so you could get some next year.
There are 3000 birds world wide (got that information from one of the breeders I know).