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    Chicken Breed You Dislike?

    For personality -- I can't stand Leghorn and Ancona types. The looks are fine, but such idiots! (If you want a free-ranger that isn't a total idiot, maybe try brabanters. Active and alert but not idjits. :-) ) For looks -- Silkies and naked necks. I've never known a naked neck personally, so I...
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    Which hatchery?

    Since the OP mentioned ducks, I'll throw in here that I'll recommend Metzer hatchery for any waterfowl. For chicks, I've used Ideal for years. Never tried Cackle. I did one order from Hoover this fall, and I was happy with them as well -- can't report on adult quality of those chicks yet, though.
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    Calico Princess? Pullet or Cockerel?

    I got two of these from Hoover earlier in the fall, along with a bunch of other breeds. Judging from mine and from pics I’ve seen, this cross is pretty inconsistent in adult markings. It’s a cross, after all, and Hoover cares a lot more about the autosexing trait and the egg-laying capacity...
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    At What Temperature can Ducks Survive?

    Yeah, what they said. There’s a reason why coats and blankets and such are filled with down from waterfowl.:) Dry and protected from wind are all you need to worry about for getting them through the winter! P.s. — oh, and lots of good food and clean water!
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    Cream Brabanters chicken breed

    They are similar, and they probably are related. Both are ancient breeds, though, so there’s no telling how they were originally created! I like the brabanters very much. In personality they are quick and very alert, but not idiots. I have never noticed them having any hardiness issues, and the...
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    Hoover's -- crossing my fingers

    Mine are still youngsters, but I don't think they're very good quality. Almost no beards at all right now. OTOH, the lavender orps are looking nice and fluffy. :-) I can try to remember to take pics tomorrow!
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    Hoover's -- crossing my fingers

    I got two lavender orp pullets and two buff orp pullets as part of my Hoover bunch. I’ve never had orps before, but I’m hoping the hatcheries haven’t had time to really ruin the lavenders yet since they’re a fairly new variety. Yours is handsome!
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    Hoover's -- crossing my fingers

    I ended up losing only 1 chick out of... umm... 32, I think... from Hoover's, not counting the losses from the first shipment that they replaced. All the rest are doing great. I don't know about quality yet -- will hold off on that judgment til they're mature -- but all in all I'm happy with the...
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    Hoover's -- crossing my fingers

    Everyone still doing well here today. :clap Gotta move the Ancona ducklings to something bigger, though -- they're making too much mess in the tub they're in!
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    Hoover's -- crossing my fingers

    Well! I just picked up my replacement shipment, and it’s a much nicer surprise this time. All the chicks are popping around like popcorn — the postal worker was laughing because they were trying to escape from the box as she carried it to me. On the somewhat down side, I also got my shipment...
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    Hoover's -- crossing my fingers

    Good luck! For future reference, a little molasses in water is good for a lot of ailing youngsters -- it provides sugar as well as several vitamins and minerals. Not necessarily for a constant thing, 'cause they don't need the constant sugar, but if they need a boost. (Although at least one...
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    Hoover's -- crossing my fingers

    Update: the two iffy chicks both died, but everyone else is doing well. I’ll report back on the replacements when they get here!
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    Hoover's -- crossing my fingers

    Well, not THIS week, since it's already Friday. ;-) But they'll ship 9/3. I also added two lavender orp pullets, two more Ameraucana/EE pullets, and another Welsummer male to the order. Crossing fingers again! I also got a shipment of ducklings at the beginning of the week, and ANOTHER...
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    Hoover's -- crossing my fingers

    Bad and good here. Bad: SEVEN out of 22 arrived dead, and two more are iffy. Good: they are resending the dead chicks with no hesitation at all — offered me the choice of resend or refund — including sending two replacements for the iffy chicks and one free additional to make the total 10...
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    Hoover's -- crossing my fingers

    I noticed your Marek's. Yeah, I always get vaccinations too. When I first started out here, I'd lose as much as a third of my chicks to Marek's. It was awful. As soon as I started vaccinating, bam! No more losses. It's been years now since I've had any Marek's deaths here. I could probably stop...
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    Hoover's -- crossing my fingers

    I got my shipment email today (errr... yesterday now... Wednesday). Crossing my fingers! I also semi-unexpectedly got a shipment of baby duckies today. I say semi-unexpectedly because I actually ordered these ducklings back in the spring, but for various reasons the seller wasn't able to...
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    Hoover's -- crossing my fingers

    I’ve only ever had one turkey — maybe I’ll try them again one of these days! And yes, that lack of a minimum per-breed requirement is one of the reasons I went with Hoover. I wanted a wide assortment to play with, not a uniform breeding group. Mine will ship 8/28 — hopefully our heat wave will...
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    Hoover's -- crossing my fingers

    I bred Marans for a little while. I had black coppers and wheatens. I liked the birds, and the eggs were fun, but I got reeeeeeeaaaaally tired of all the politics and money-grubbing. I burned out on all that very quickly. But when I had Marans, the wheatens were my favorites. So I'm getting a...
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    Looking for Cream Brabanters in AL, TN, GA

    I have cream brabanters, but none to sell currently. If you just want to try out the breed, you can order some from Ideal. It's kind of hard to find good private breeders of them!
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    Cream Brabanters chicken breed

    Jumping in late -- I love brabanters. They are "flighty" in that they are very alert, but they are also bold and intelligent -- not like some idiot leghorns and anconas I've had. Unlike Percheron Chick, I haven't had any problems with the chicks. And I don't have any problems picking them up...
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