Live birds are always better than eggs. Eggs that you can pickup from breeder would be better than shipped. But if you understand the risk and there is a particular strain you want, shipped eggs can be a option. I have shipped eggs all over the country, with some very good results (85%) and some ok results (20%).
I am partial to the Mohawk line but I do like the other lines as well. I am in a situation where I can not have multiple lines and keep them separate, and since I have learned from this thread that lines should not be mixed, I have decided to get what ever TRUE line I can get as a start, concentrate on that line, and just take it from there.
The ones I have now I hatched from eggs that I got locally. The parent stock were hatched from that same line that you had started with, if memory serves me right. While there are a couple that look pretty good, after reading all of the pages on this thread, and re-reading it several times, I know this is not the line that I am so wanting to raise and breed.
In the meantime I will just keep reading everything I can so that I am as prepared as I can be when I do get my flock started.
What line do you have? Don Nelson, Moahawk or Radamaker from Minn.
It is true dont cross strains why put yourself behind for five years then fail. It is better to get one of the top three lines then stick with them then in five to ten years if you think you need new blood get you a good bird from a person who has the same strain as you have. Makes more sense to me. Two many people have done the other way and they are no longer in chickens or Reds. Why be like them. bob
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