Black Sumatras best hatchery???

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by BANTAMWYANDOTTE, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. BANTAMWYANDOTTE

    BANTAMWYANDOTTE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have always wanted some black sumatras. Not for showing but to enjoy in my backyard as pets. I have researched alot of hatcheries and am wondering if anyone has any experience with ordering them and from where?
     
  2. chamoisee

    chamoisee Out Of The Brooder

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    Sandhill has them. I also would like to know the best source?
     
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    If you truly want to enjoy them as a breed I still say go for show or near-show quality. Just because they are, doesn't mean you need to or will show them. [​IMG] It just means they actually fit the standard for the breed. Hatcheries only breed for production, and thus, the Sumatras usually have paler skin, smaller and skinnier bodies, and smaller tails as well as less fierce facial expressions.

    But if you insist, Sandhill might be your best choice. [​IMG]
     
  4. Soli

    Soli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree that hatchery stock is going to basically be a "black bird" that may or may not display characteristics of the breed. It's highly unlikely they'll show all characteristics, and you can consider yourself lucky if they have one or two aside from the color.

    I have one hatchery Sumatra pullet that I bought from someone who received her as a "mystery chick". Side by side with actual, breeder produced sumatras, the only resemblance is that they are both black and they both have black faces. Feathers are different, tails are different, body type and proportions are different, leg color is different, comb is different, and behavior is different. Even though both are black, the hatchery sumatra does not have half of the shine and iridescence that the breeder ones have.

    That said, the sumatra can be a hard bird to find from breeders. Even hatching eggs can be somewhat few and far between. I got a trio of spring hatch sumatras at an exotic livestock auction, and then bought hatching eggs to start my sumatra flock.
     
  5. thekid

    thekid Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Overrun With Chickens

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    agreed with what has been said so far. If you want bantam size, I have them black, blue and splash, though right now, pretty much done for this season with them. May still get a few, but mainly will be next spring. These are exceptional show winning lines though if that's what you are looking for
     
  7. BANTAMWYANDOTTE

    BANTAMWYANDOTTE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im thinking of using welp............
     
  8. Jchantecler

    Jchantecler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For any birds, GO TO SHOWS. I can not express how much nicer the birds will be, and it supports a local person rater than a big hatchery. But, as far as hatcheries go, Sandhill preservation center is really great.
     
  9. OSUman

    OSUman GO BUCKS

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    Quote:Welp drop ships from privett
     
  10. BANTAMWYANDOTTE

    BANTAMWYANDOTTE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well can anyone give me a list of reputable breeders of standard size black and/or white sumatras with some contact information???
     

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