Has anyone ever heard of evieshotchicks in cookstown, nj? Well, she is mostly the reason I am in the mess I am in right now with my RIR being poor quality, and needing to find new ones ASAP. I was just starting out with show birds last September, and wanted to start with some RIR. I had kept them before from a hatchery, but this time wanted to try some nicer better quality ones. So I searched Craigslist(first mistake) and found someone selling heritage RIR. I thought this would be a great opportunity to get high quality birds from a nice breeder. Boy, was I about to find out that everything in that previous sentence was a lie. I was only a beginner and didn't know any better, but looking at the pictures from the ad now, I can see that these birds are some poor quality excuses for Heritage RIR. In the ad, it said "this is an old fashioned heritage stock and has that true dark mahogany color with the black and teal tail feathering". In hindsight, i don't know whether that sentence makes me mad or makes me laugh, because that could not be further from the truth. These birds are light as can be, almost like production reds, wrong tail angle, horrible skinny body type, and horrific combs. The seller of these birds blatantly lied to me about the quality of these birds, and took advantage of my noviceness to tell me that they were not only RIR, but "Heritage" as well. Calling these birds heritage is insulting to the birds that actually are.
The reason why I mention her is because she perfectly fits the description Fred's Hens was giving about how many people are merely "producers" and don't care about furthering the breed and breeding good birds, but rather churning out poor quality stock to make a quick buck. This woman is only doing it for the money, because the way she markets these birds and sells them is robbery. She kept talking about how much money you can make doing this, and how easy it is just churning out chicks and hatching eggs.....well obviously she doesn't know the first thing about real nice birds and doesn't care about breeding good stock. All she cares about is that she sells birds.
I guess it was a good learning experience and lesson. I really wish I hadn't wasted my time with those birds growing them out over the winter, but hey, I learned a lot. One, what to look for in a good bird, and two, not to trust people who churn out chicks and lie about their quality. Not everyone cares about the birds as everyone here does.
Needless to say, I am extremely displeased with evieshotchicks. If anyone here is near NJ, I would strongly advise you to stay away from that place. If you want hatchery quality birds, go to your local feed store.