Best hatcheries?

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by dwdoc, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. dwdoc

    dwdoc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last year about this time I ordered 25 Australorps from McMurrys, out of the four I kept only one lays. She is the only one who has fully developed waddles and comb. The other three, even though they are a year old, have very small imature looking waddles. I don't know if they came from bad stock but they are unproductive.

    So I need to order new birds and don't want to go back to McMurrys. I am looking for suggestions. Thank you.
     
  2. rottnwarrior

    rottnwarrior Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ordered my birds from Mt. Healthy last year and I'm more than please so far. They are black jersey giants that are 4 months old so they have some growing to do but they are already quite tall. People are surprised at their size. No defects I can find and were and still are very strong healthy birds. Ordered 15 pullets, they sent 16 and only 1 is a roo. Which is what I was hoping for. They arrived right on time.
     
  3. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    McMurray is one I would never recommend. I've had their stock and lots of bad genetics within it. Out of 25, only 8 were keepers. That's not a good percentage. I've been happy with Privett, where other folks I know who have good judgement, and live out East, like Meyer Hatchery. Cackle Hatchery also has a good reputation from what I've seen.
     
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2014
  4. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've always had good luck with Cackle Hatchery in Missouri, and they are pretty good on prices.
     
  5. ImpulsiveFarmer

    ImpulsiveFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mt. Healthy is where my BA came from and I had great luck with them (I bought them at a Tractor Supply in NY and that's who supplied them). If you are not in a rush and don't care if they are straight run I here good things about Sand Hill. I've never gotten BA's from them, but they breed for production so I imagine their BA's are good producers. I have some Black Jersey Giants I'm very happy with from them.
     

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