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Featured Stories on BackYard Chickenspost #7052 of 93711/27/16 at 3:01pmQuote:Originally Posted by Amelia Egghart
Cackle Hatchery just started carrying Black Ameraucanas that are reasonably priced, however, they are only offered as Straight Run.
They're using the Ameraucana breeder flock crossed with Welsummer and Marans (not sure the coloring) to create Olive Eggers. These are also sold as Straight Run.
The EEs from Cackle are top notch, though! Full muffs/beards, slate or blue legs, great color variety, good lay rate, blue/green eggs. They aren't Ameraucanas, but they aren't marketed as such either, so that's good!
Goodness! I could never order Straight Run anything since I'm zoned for hens only . Some feedback about any of the hatcheries can be negative but I've been impressed with Cackle Hatchery from the years I've been reading about them. I know they enlisted the help of Mark Fields (author), an expert in Dominique breeding, to help Cackle improve the quality of their Doms. I really would love to try a Dominique pullet after Mr. Fields' consultation w/ Cackle but I still can't use the minimum City/Town Pullet Special of a 3-chick order plus the 3 chicks all have to be the same breed. California Hatchery allows you to order different breeds in their 3-chick minimum order but I don't know where their birds come from since CH mostly brokers out the breeds they don't raise themselves the way MyPetChicken does. I'm glad to hear you like Cackle too and further confirms the respect I've garnered for them over the years!post #7053 of 93711/27/16 at 3:37pmpost #7054 of 93711/27/16 at 3:43pmQuote:
Usually, males will be bright red in the combs by 12 weeks, and pullets don't start to even pink up until after 14 weeks. Also, male feathering (hackle and saddle feathers) is usually visible by 12 to 14 weeks.post #7055 of 93711/27/16 at 3:56pm
thanks junebuggena, my younger one was about 8-9 weeks when I got her on 11 Jan, so that makes her about nearly 11-12 weeks. Nobody's doing anything "un-hen" and there are no "boy feathers".
My girls don't really have much in the way of combs, just those little flat ones above their beaks.post #7056 of 93711/28/16 at 6:53ampost #7057 of 93711/28/16 at 9:23am
My conclusion is that the Ameraucanas and Easter Eggers must be really difficult to sex. Everyone I know, myself included, who has purchased sex pullets ends with 50% roosters anyway. Mine came from McMurray and another hatchery who's name I don't remember now. The McMurray EEs don't have beards, but do lay blue eggs.post #7058 of 93711/28/16 at 3:44pmOur EES came from Meyer both orders a year apart. The first years order of 4 only 2 had no beard or muffs but laid big eggs, green. Those 1st hens were a mix of colors, 2 brown, one gray and the last a mix of color. Our 2nd order we ordered 1 roo, 4 pullets, 1 bantam roo and 4 bantam pullets. The second batch have the full beards and we received the exact sexes ordered. The hens are black and white while the bantam hens are gray, black and white. I really like Meyer and have looked at Cackle but I am torn which ti use this year for the breeds I want.post #7059 of 93711/28/16 at 10:20pmQuote:
Go back to posts #7036, 7039, 7040, 7047, 7048, 7049, 7050, and 7052 on this Easter Egger club thread to get different opinions about Cackle Hatchery. Over the years I've followed reviews on them and they've been mostly favorable. They also offer a 3-, 5-, or 10-chick City/Town Pullet Special for people who can't use a large 25-chick minimum order. To be fair other people have used other hatcheries favorably as well. As with all chicks some will grow up beautifully perfect and by the same token many will not. You just never know until a chick grows out whether it will be a show-stopper or just pet quality. With shipped chicks be prepared for some loss but rejoice if they all arrive safe and sound!
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