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Are Sandhill birds generally healthy?

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by gamefowl guy, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. gamefowl guy

    gamefowl guy Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all, I am interested in placing an order in the next few months with Sandhill, but was wondering, are they MG/MS tested negative? I know they are NPIP, but that doesn't cover MG or MS, does it? I am wondering because one of my friend's bird's are sick with what is probably MG, and I have read a lot of mail-order hatcheries breeding stock are carriers. So anyone with experience from them? All the birds you got healthy? I hear they have some nice birds. Thanks
     
  2. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    No, they are not MG/MS negative.

    Just about roughly 90 percent of the chicken population has it.

    Whitmore Farms are the only ones I know of that are MG/MS negative with their birds. I personally don't know of anyone else yet.
     
  3. extraordinaryfowl

    extraordinaryfowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was looking at Sandhill too.

    When you say 90%, do you mean including production birds (layers, broilers)? Or just heritage breeds?
     
  4. gamefowl guy

    gamefowl guy Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeah, thanks, DOES that include production birds? And by Sandhill not being MG/MS, do you mean they have it, or they just are not tested for it? Thanks again!
     
  5. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    Entire population of chickens in the US. It could be waterfowl as well.




    I think he didn't test his birds for those type of diseases. If you look at the website, it is only typhoid and pullorum negative.

    It does not mean he HAS them but just not tested. If you want, you can buy his chicks and test them.
     
  6. extraordinaryfowl

    extraordinaryfowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I might try buying chicks and testing them, I don't know - where do you find this MG info? Any place in particular?
     
  7. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh goodness.... I wouldn't recommend getting Dorking's there because 1 out of 6 of the Dorking's we got from there were roo's!!!!!! [​IMG]
     
  8. camalianus

    camalianus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You got a very good ratio. 1 rooster out of 6 chicks is very good. It supposed to be 50/50. They sell only straight run chicks. Buying straing run is a gamble, you can get more pullets or more roos. [​IMG]
     
  9. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh no! I meant 1 hen out of 6 roos!! Oops! [​IMG]
     
  10. gingernutranger

    gingernutranger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Overall I think there birds are plenty healthy for your needs. I wouldn't worry to much. They have some breeds that are really nice and close to standards but some of the rare breeds are far from the standards.
     

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