Where animal education  and safety are our #1 priority
Rats, Mice, Rabbits, Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Quail & Turkey
Owned by:
Brian & Crystal Smith
Farmer City, IL   61842
(309) 928-9460

Cherokee Flats

Show, Pet & Meat
 Eggs Available All Year.

2022 Fall Hours
Hours can change as business needs change or if weather and emergencies occur.
Please respect our time as it is valuable and arrive for your scheduled appointment at least 5 mins early

Anyone that is MORE THAN 10 mins late will NOT be allowed to reschedule and ALL money/fees/deposits WILL NOT be refunded. If you must cancel, please give us at least 24 hours notice via PHONE, TEXT or EMAIL.
Exceptions to this include: Car Accidents, Illness, or Family Emergency. 
** ALL hours listed are OFFICE/PHONE HOURS**   
 **All farm visits must make an appointment no less than 48 business hours ahead of time **

Please be aware: during office closures:

Phones will be VOICEMAIL ONLY. 
ALL messages, email, voicemail and postal will be answered in the order they were received AFTER we return from our furlough 
Please be patient and understanding as we receive several calls, messages, email and more daily.

At no time is anyone allowed to just "show up" and expect to purchase any animals we have here. We do not always have stock available and therefore it would be a complete waste of time and even if we had stock, you MUST make arrangements ahead of time

If you show up to our property unannounced, you will be asked to leave and make arrangements to visit at a more desirable time OR find another place to purchase the animals you are looking for.

Please check our website (www.cherokeeflats.com) or our FB page (www.facebook.com/cherokeeflats) for more information.

Thank you again for your understanding.

~Brian & Crystal Smith 


Sunday - CLOSED

Monday - 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Tuesday - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Wednesday - 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Thursday - 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Friday - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday - 8:00 am - 6:00 pm (Pickup appointment ONLY)

We will be CLOSED on:

November 24 - 27 (Thanksgiving)

Sunday - CLOSED

Monday - 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Tuesday - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Wednesday - 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Thursday - 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Friday - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday - 8:00 am - 6:00 pm (Pickup appointment ONLY)

We will be CLOSED on:

December 24 - 31 (Christmas)

Purchase/Adoption Process

The adoption and/or purchase process is simple and hassle free if these steps are followed.

  1.  Contact us via Facebook, Text Message or Email
  2.  Let us know which babies you would like to adopt
  3.  Send us your full name, full address (including zip code), email address and phone number.
  4.  Return a digitally signed Purchase Agreement
  5.  Pay for your new babies IN FULL using CashApp ($MorningstarRattery), Venmo (@CrystalRaeAkey), PayPal (please include $5 for fees to cherokee.flats@yahoo.com) or request a Square Invoice.
  6. Once payment & signed agreement have been done, we will then set up a pickup date and time. We will email you with a few options and you just let us know which one works best for you. DO NOT just show up here thinking you can get your baby or choose one without doing the beginning steps. You will be asked to leave.
  7. Once your pickup appointment is made, you will receive a confirmation email with your pick-up instructions and our contact information should you have any questions.
  8.  You will receive reminder emails at 7 days before your appointment & 24 hours before your appointment.
  9. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have before your appointment by calling or texting me.

What you get...

  1.  Your new family members
  2.  Partial Pedigree (rats ONLY)
  3.  Rat or Rabbit Care Instructions
  4.  Health Certificate (from us)
  5. Copy of signed Purchase Agreement (for your records)
  6. Copy of your purchase receipt marked PAID IN FULL
  7. 1 - 2 lb of food (to help your babies transition onto what food you wish to feed)
  8. Small bag of treats
  9. Rat or Rabbit safe chews
  10. Rat or Rabbit Safe Toys (if available)

Rat Breeding Updates!

Jasmine x Luke

Bred 10/23 - 11/29

Due 11/13 - 11/19

HAD 16!

Lily x Luke

Bred 10/23 - 11/29

Due 11/13 - 11/19


All babies born between 09/22 - 09/24 are now up on the AVAILABLE page. 

Please see information for Adoption Details.

Rabbit Breeding Update!

Mini Lop

20ML5 x 19ML1

1 little REW girl born 10/07/2022

21ML6 x 19ML1

3 boys & 1 girl born 10/07/2022

New Zealand

Ginger x Rusty

8 born 10/16/2022

Poultry Hatching Update!

We have made a Hatching Schedule for the remainder of 2022 into 2023*.

*This schedule is providing weather and animals are cooperative. This schedule can change at ANY time. Please feel free to EMAIL us with any questions.

Please find the file Here (pdf)


Due to peoples lack of respect for our time, ALL animals sold (with exception to feeders) MUST BE PAID FOR IN FULL before an appointment will be made. (However, if you schedule a time to pick up feeders and do not show up, we will require FULL PAYMENT for all future feeder sales.) This includes but is not limited to: Pets, Breeders, Show animals, all poultry. ALL pets MUST have a purchase agreement ON FILE with us and be paid for IN FULL BEFORE any further action will be made. This is to help make sure animals are picked up when scheduled and pets will be going to good homes. 

4H, FFA and ARBA members do not need to fill out any agreement unless requested to purchase show or breeding stock.

Tours and education classes are available. 

**All classes must be paid for in advance. We do not offer any refund if you decide to cancel. Refunds are ONLY if we cancel. NO EXCEPTION!**

If you are interested in raising rabbits or poultry for meat to help feed your family, let us know! We will go over all aspects of meat raising and offer a how to class on butchering. 

Tours start at $50.00/family up to 4, additional family member please add $5.00/ea. 

Initial tour will be scheduled separate from butchering how to. 
Since breeding depends a lot on the doe, you could have to wait to do your butchering class up to 12 weeks AFTER initial tour. 

Butchering class is $60/person and is HANDS ON and will include some literature to take home with instructions, tips and tricks, along with our contact information in case you have any further questions.. 

If you have a squeamish stomach, DO NOT ATTEND.

Some important information you should know BEFORE contacting us...

Before you inquire about ANY animal here at the farm, READ THE SALES POLICY

The sales policy is applicable to ALL sides of Cherokee Flats and the farm. This includes but is not limited to: Morningstar Rattery, Cherokee Flats.

This means that the Sales Policy, in whole or part, is in effect for the entire farm. 

Cherokee Flats accepts the following payment methods*
*Personal/Business checks are NOT accepted no exceptions

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This website was last updated on November 26, 2022 by Crystal Rae