I got my birds from Ideal. It was their second to the last hatch of the season & I got them 2 weeks ago. One has a defect we got 1 crossed-beak baby that is also missing her left eye, but she runs around with everybody else, eats, drinks, poops, interacts with the other chicks and seems otherwise completely healthy. She won't ever be part of my breeding stock, but as long as the crossed-beak doesn't get worse to the point where it interferes with her ability to eat and drink, we'll keep her and add her to the laying flock. We named her Krisskross.
Edited by HHandbasket - 6/20/11 at 11:46pm
I'll have my heritage stock birds this fall when I get Jim Bell's eggs! I'm so excited!!!!
I had purchased WFBS hatching eggs from a different breeder twice this year, and none of the eggs from that breeder hatched not the LF WFBS, not the banty WFBS, not the salmon faverolles or nankins or vorwerks. I was sent bad eggs that were either old or improperly stored before shipping, or both. $90 and not a single chick to show for it. I hesitated on ordering hatchery chicks, but I was on the waiting list at Ideal for a couple of months. When they called me 2 weeks ago and said they were only doing 2 more hatches for that breed this year, one that week and one more the following week, I told them to send me what they had. They had 26 chicks, and I had them send me the whole lot! One died en route, and one was crying a lot so we put him out with the broody who had hatched chicks that same day & she killed it.... I think something was wrong with it. The other 24 are doing great (save for the 1 with the crossed beak, but even she is doing just fine). I feather sexed them at 3 days of age and got 14 pullets and 10 cockerels, which was consistent with what Ideal told me when they called they said they had 14 pullets & asked if I wanted only the pullets. I said no, send me the whole lot, cockerels and all, because I want to breed them. I can't wait until I get Jim Bell's eggs later this fall. He has the absolute best birds in the country from what I have read.
ETA: There are a couple of other hatcheries that carry them. Cackle, Murray McMurray, and Ideal all carry them. I think one other place carries the WFBS bantams, but I cannot think of who it is off the top of my head. I prefer the LF version, though.