Best hatchery to buy ducklings?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by MCBlueSwede, May 19, 2019.

  1. Jbently28

    Jbently28 Songster

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    I've also seen videos of other hatcheries. There are tons if you search for them on YouTube . But I agree with the bio-safety procedures. But it is definitely interesting to see exactly where your birds are coming from.
     
  2. BirdsBeesTrees

    BirdsBeesTrees Crowing

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    Yeah they don't usually let people tour the hatchery. lol. He's pretty popular on YouTube my 11 year old son and I watch him. He's no expert at anything but he's making mistakes so everyone can see them, lol. It's entertaining and he plugs companies so...free advertising for Murray McMurray, lol. :gig
     
  3. Texag87

    Texag87 Crowing

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    The main reason I would go with Ideal is that we can go pick them up. I do not like that they say may have crested in the order. Then again, you never know. The offspring from our TSC ducks hatched with two crested and the other three had little puffs on their head and neck. None of the parents had this.
     
  4. WannaBeHillBilly

    WannaBeHillBilly Crossing the Road

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    That is a bad sign! Crests are birth defects and those ducks would not survive in nature long enough to produce offspring. If offspring from non-crested ducks develops crests it is a sign that the whole bloodline is suffering from inbreeding.
     
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  5. quackiemama

    quackiemama Crowing

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    I just ordered my 3 pekin females from Murray McMurray and they told me that all of their ducklings ship from California and basically admitted that mine in fact came from Metzers. They were a day late arriving so I called them. I had one obvious runt with a curled up foot while the other two were healthy and thriving. My little one has since recovered with a duck shoe and lots of B complex. When I called them they refunded my money and told me not to expect the little one to live. I was distraught but determined. Thankfully I did not give up on her and she is growing and walking like a normal duckling. My 3 runners came from them as well last year and they all showed up happy and healthy. I have a hard time recommending them since they failed to communicate to me that these ducklings were going from CA to MD. I would have chosen somewhere much closer had I known that.
     
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  6. Jbently28

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    Glad to hear the your little one recovered!
     
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  7. Sentimentalgamer

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    I had great luck with Hoover's hatchery, the 10 I ordered from them all survived and were very healthy.
     
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  8. Sentimentalgamer

    Sentimentalgamer Chirping

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    Did anyone else see those guys throw the baby chicks after they sexed them!? How in the world does that not hurt them?
     
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  9. Jbently28

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    I can't remember which hatchery it was, but I watched another tour and they wouldn't let the people in at all to see them being sexed.
     
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  10. Ryder

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    Why!!! I've always wanted to know how to do that but if it hurts them then I don't does anyone know how to do vent sexing?
     
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