Anyone have any "rare duck" stock from Cackle hatchery?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Dusky Beauty, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. Dusky Beauty

    Dusky Beauty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    DH and I are researching buying a small farm in Missouri, and I noted that Cackle hatchery was nearby. I decided to check out their online catalog thinking if we made the move I could save some birds the ordeal of shipping. Im not impressed with the welsh they have pics of (my metzers look better and those cant hold a candle to Holderreads.) I'm not familiar enough with anconas to be able to judge theirs.
    welsh harlequin page
    Ancona page

    Maybe they're better for chickens and turkeys...
     
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  2. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm not sure how far you'll be from springfield, but estes hatchery is there and they have ancona's and WH. My ancona came from there.
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    I lost her sister to a raccoon, but I'm very happy with the one I have left. She's pretty, never misses a day laying, and is the friendliest of the ducks I've had. She's the only one who'll eat out of my hand. I don't know how close she is to type or anything though.
     
  3. Dusky Beauty

    Dusky Beauty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lovely birds Julie, your campbell is also stunning.

    I'm coming out in early feb. to look at a farm SE of Springfield, that would be even closer to me than Lebanon if it all works out.
     
  4. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    If you want nice quality birds, you aren't going to get them from a hatchery. Not even if that hatchery is quite close to you.
     
  5. Dusky Beauty

    Dusky Beauty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes, I know. I was initially just looking for meaties but my curiosity got the better of me. I guess the thread was an attempt at a nice way of saying "wow, are they really as bad as they look?"
     
  6. mrpekinduck

    mrpekinduck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Beautiful anconas!!! [​IMG]
     
  7. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Beautiful anconas!!! [​IMG]

    Thanks. [​IMG]
     
  8. RAREROO

    RAREROO Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also I wouldn't judge the hatcheries quality by the pics on the site, most of those pics are from shows and I would really doubt that they are are from the hatchery.
     
  9. Dusky Beauty

    Dusky Beauty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It seems someone made a different thread and it came up that Cackle birds (specifically turkeys) seem to have health issues crop up. If more than a couple of reviews call into question the health of their stock I don't think they are worth dealing with at all.
     
  10. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:I got my EE and 2 BBW poults when I got the ducks from from orscheln's who gets their birds from Este's. I still have the EE, and the poults did wonderfully until about 6 weeks old when I realized I was getting to attatched to them to eat them and I didn't want 2 60 lb pet turkeys so I sold them. [​IMG]
    I hadn't ever heard anything bad about cackle either though.
     

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