Best Hatcheries?

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by NotSureWhatToPut666, Apr 13, 2019.

  1. NotSureWhatToPut666

    NotSureWhatToPut666 Hatching

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    Questions: In your opinion, what are the best hatcheries/places to get chickens?
     
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  2. NotSureWhatToPut666

    NotSureWhatToPut666 Hatching

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    I've looked into a lot of the major hatcheries:
    - My Pet Chicken
    - Cackle Hatchery
    - Meyer Hatchery

    My main challenge is to find hatcheries with good egg-producing hens.
    Many seem to have warranties in case they die with 24-48 hours.

    However, many seem to still have issues.
    For instance Cackle Hatchery's "Cream Legbars" advertise that they lay green eggs not blue[1].
    Or My Pet Chicken refuses to separate Ameraucanas by color[2].
    Other hatcheries seem to have unpredictable egg colors - is this just a general thing?
     
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  3. MagpieDucks

    MagpieDucks Preserving Orpington Bantams

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    I have had good luck with Meyer Hatchery.
     
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  4. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

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    Welcome to Backyard Chickens may want to look into breeders close to you
    most states have threads there is also craigs list
     
  5. NotSureWhatToPut666

    NotSureWhatToPut666 Hatching

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    @penny1960 Craigslist is great and when possible I will utilize it. Especially if I want a specific egg color or to help fund local operations. However, for rarer breeds it can be difficult to find them in your area.

    I am aware, I've used them several times. :old
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  6. keesmom

    keesmom Crowing

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    What breeds are you interested in? What are you looking for in certain breeds - laying ability, show possibility, breeding?

    Can you elaborate on these? Where does Cackle state their Legbars lay green eggs (but the breed is listed in their surplus blue egg layers)? I think Meyer has BBS Ameraucanas, and breeding blue x blue results in all 3 varieties of offspring. Most hatcheries say all 3 varieties are possible when ordering blue poultry. What other unpredictable egg colors have appeared?
     
  7. NotSureWhatToPut666

    NotSureWhatToPut666 Hatching

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    If you click on my citation you will see that they have a photo with green eggs.
    My point in saying this is that many in my experience and in many reviews many blue/green chickens turn out to be very light[1]. Same thing happens with other breeds like Olive Eggers and Lakeshore Eggers who have been reported to lay sometimes brown eggs.[2]

    Most brown and white egg layers do not seem to have this issue as much.

    @keesmom
     
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    keesmom Crowing

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    I did, but all I got was code.




    If egg color is of primary importance then you may be best off in searching for breeders that select for it. Though I have had several garden variety, $3 a chick, Easter Eggers that have laid some beautiful blue eggs.

    Not sure if you're also looking for dark egg layers as well, but no hatchery will have those pretty chocolate colored eggs.
     
  9. dfgkfghggfasd

    dfgkfghggfasd Chirping

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    How would I find these breeders?

    If ya'll are looking for dark eggs I know of a great breeder on craigslist here in arizona for Black Copper Marans.

    She mainly does hatching eggs. You can easily find her on Craiglist. [1]

    Mine haven't layed eggs yet, but based on reviews and what my hatching eggs looked like they should lay very dark brown eggs. [2]

    I used the popular web archive, archive.today/archive.is.
    Full URL: https://archive.fo/BugvA
    Found at: http://archive.is/9kpcR
     
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  10. Jonathan and Briana

    Jonathan and Briana In the Brooder

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    I really like Welp Hatchery. I’ve had a great experience with them!
     
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