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post #1 of 14
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Ok I have a few questions...

looking for the best hatchery or place to buy Black Cochin, Millie Fleur..SHOW quality birds

also,  Best place to buy broad breasted whites/Bronze for show-meat pen

also, best place to buy meat pen chicks,... not just the average feed mill chicks...... but GREAT ones.....


We are in Michigan... I have used townline before..and had a grand champion meat pen, last year... but many others who bought from them ended up with a hige mix of Stuff.... I am worreid about that happening again...

what about Eagles nest..??  any others out there..???

post #2 of 14

The odds of getting show quality birds from a hatchery are not very good at all.  Superior Farms and Sandhill Preservation are two that usually have better birds, but they aren't a "hatchery" like Ideal or McMurray

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post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by Katy 

The odds of getting show quality birds from a hatchery are not very good at all.  Superior Farms and Sandhill Preservation are two that usually have better birds, but they aren't a "hatchery" like Ideal or McMurray


I agree with you Katy, the best place is to either go to shows and talk to the breeders who exhibit, and or just call them or write them.  I had better luck just buying a pair to breed, then rolling the dice and hatching out or growing out chicks.  Many exhibition breeders do not sell eggs or chicks.  And they only sell half grown out birds.
The next best alternative is to look into the breed clubs.  And just ask questions.  I find most clubs will not mislead you.  I just write the President of a given club.  That person will never steer you wrong.  OR he would be defeating the purpose of the club.
Good luck!


Edited by lildinkem - 2/19/10 at 8:02am
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by Katy 

The odds of getting show quality birds from a hatchery are not very good at all.  Superior Farms and Sandhill Preservation are two that usually have better birds, but they aren't a "hatchery" like Ideal or McMurray


There's also Urch/Turnland in Minnesota

post #5 of 14

If hatcheries had "show quality" birds, there wouldn't be many breeders around wink

There aren't any hatcheries, regardless of what they claim, that have such - But yes, Sandhill Preservation does have birds that are better, because they aren't "hatcheries" - Otherwise, why not buy from a breeder? You're getting promising show birds as well as local support to families, not huge businesses. smile

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post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 

I am fine with buying from breeders... smile   

what about the big Meat pen type birds..?? are their "breeders" who do those, sorry to sound so dumb....
I guess I always just thought the genetics for those "beasts" were done in hatcheries only...

ok so who would  you go to to get a "state fair winning meat pen type bird".....LOL   chickens and turkeys..

also, need a breeder for black Cochin...

we live in Michigan...
thanks !!!

post #7 of 14

Do you mean just a large bird originally used for meat, or a Cornish X cross broiler-type chicken? (because I doubt people show those, they can hardly even stand at showing maturity, which is ooh some number of weeks)

If you mean a heritage type meat bird like Rocks, Australorps, Faverolles, there are breeders for those - But the Cornish X birds, those chest-heavy white ones - Those you get from hatcheries. smile

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post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 

well kind of.... were looking for both a source of show quality Cochins....

and... were looking for 50 or so "State fair projects"  meat birds...yes the ones that cant hardly stand after 6 weeks...<g>
           so I was looking for the best hatchery to order those from ...as well as a breeder to order Black Cochin from....

post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Illia 

If hatcheries had "show quality" birds, there wouldn't be many breeders around wink

There aren't any hatcheries, regardless of what they claim, that have such - But yes, Sandhill Preservation does have birds that are better, because they aren't "hatcheries" - Otherwise, why not buy from a breeder? You're getting promising show birds as well as local support to families, not huge businesses. smile


Superior Farms DOES have and breed show quality birds.  They compete with their birds and have won SEVERAL shows.

Breeder of: Show Quality Blue and Black Langshans in Largefowl. I also specialize in white Langshan Bantams!  


Check out my site! HERE! Or click the text above.

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Breeder of: Show Quality Blue and Black Langshans in Largefowl. I also specialize in white Langshan Bantams!  


Check out my site! HERE! Or click the text above.

I am a WOMAN!!  Correction, THE woman!

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post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by NYREDS 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Katy 

The odds of getting show quality birds from a hatchery are not very good at all.  Superior Farms and Sandhill Preservation are two that usually have better birds, but they aren't a "hatchery" like Ideal or McMurray


There's also Urch/Turnland in Minnesota


You are right....I always think of them as breeders not hatchery.

I'm a Farmer/Rancher  Wife,Mom & Grandma  No Farms, No food. 
If you want house chickens and ducks in diapers then this is the forum for you.
I've got 50+ years of poultry experience, but this 'poultry' forum isn't for me anymore.
If you're going to complain about farmers, don't do it with a full belly or a mouthful.
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If you want house chickens and ducks in diapers then this is the forum for you.
I've got 50+ years of poultry experience, but this 'poultry' forum isn't for me anymore.
If you're going to complain about farmers, don't do it with a full belly or a mouthful.
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