blue laced red wyandotte

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by mrbstephens, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. mrbstephens

    mrbstephens Songster

    McMurray Hatchery has these for the first time this year. Their catalog just arrived and it has stunning photos! If I order the BLRs will I be disappointed? I've heard they always look really different from the hatcheries.

  2. flora

    flora Chirping

    Just remember anyone trying to sell something is going to put the best pictures of the item in an ad. Hatcheries are no different, they are going to photograph their best birds and post them in their catalogs. The chicks they send out may not be from those birds.
  3. vicki2x2

    vicki2x2 Super Chick

    Feb 9, 2008
    Central Michigan
    They have actually carried these for the last couple of years as they have shown up at our fair and that is where the kids ordered them from. They were ok, but definitely hatchery birds and did not compare to the birds I have gotten from breeders.
  4. srhcth

    srhcth In the Brooder

    Jan 1, 2010
    They had them in their catalog last year as well. A man down the road had some from them and they were pretty birds but not like breeder stock.
  5. bantamman13

    bantamman13 Songster

    May 27, 2008
    One thing to remember with these birds also is they do not breed true you may end up with several color variations from one breeding.The ones I have seen from the hatcheries are not very impressive even when ordering from a breeder you may not get a great looking bird as this breed is still very erratic in it's color pattern in my opionin. With that said the BLRW are one of the prettiest birds out there just expect to get of a lot chicks to get one with real good lacing.
  6. encorepistol

    encorepistol Songster

    Mar 25, 2009
    for a backyard flock they would be fine really but don't expect quality show birds. They tend to be more blue laced gold than red really when you compare pics of really nice blue laced reds to them. Even some breeders keep roos with bad traits such as golden hackles which is a big problem in them now. I've got some and although they aren't from a hatchery but from some top breeders mine still need work. My next birds will probably come from Jesse Paul and Jeff Foley which I already have 3 beautiful pullets from. You have to decide what you are willing to pay for them since quality wyandottes demand higher prices than a hatchery bird but well worth it when they really look like wyandottes not rocks!
  7. cedar post

    cedar post Songster

    Feb 19, 2009
    Quote:Go to blue laced red .com and look in the hatchery or breeders section and you will see the difference quite clearly. [​IMG]

  8. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Songster

    Jan 27, 2009
    Mt Airy, NC
    I ordered 15 BLRW in a total order of 25 chicks from McM last Spring. 5 were DOA, 3 more died within 24 hrs (53%). McM was good about it and refunded my card. It did take 3 days for arrival on Priority Mail. I felt that stressed them more - but of the other 10 chicks in other breeds, only 1 didn't make it (10%). So overall, it seems the BLRW were more fragile. of the 7 that lived, all survived to maturity. ALL of them were also Splash, 3 pullets and 5 roos. (All splash was disappointing to me.)
    I kept the 3 pullets and 2 of the roos. Here's a pic showing them, except for the spare roo:


    Regarding their color quality, one of the pullets (A) is a good mahogany red. The others are too gold. The roo's color is fairly decent, a little too gold in the hackles but good for hatchery stock.

    I've since gotten some very nice blue pullets from a breeder. I'm going to breed those and the one better pullet from the McM stock. Then I'll cull hard to start improving the line - and will be buying hatching eggs from another breeder this season to add/improve.

    Bottom line - I won't order anymore BLRW from McM.

    Hope this is helpful.

    edit: image wasn't working
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2010
  9. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

    Feb 7, 2009
    Tombstone, AZ
    Thank you for bringing up this topic!

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