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  1. N F C

    N F C More coffee please! Premium Member Project Manager

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    There you go Eggsy...using those big words on me! Hatchery stock seemed to me to be a common denominator among some of the posts I read (and definitely my own). Something Speckledhen mentioned that made sense was to the effect that hatchery stock is bred for egg production and not for longevity.

    Which brings me to another question...how do you know if you're dealing with a "hatchery" vs. a "breeder"? Are there industry standards or regulations required to be classified as one or the other? Can anyone call themselves a breeder? If regulations aren't in place, how would someone know (at least someone like me) they weren't getting hatchery stock from someone that calls themselves a breeder?
     
  2. N F C

    N F C More coffee please! Premium Member Project Manager

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    One of the warning signs is soft shell eggs, which we had 2 birds experience before their other symptoms kicked in. They have 2 feeders full of crushed oyster shell always by their feeders and I have been giving them extra calcium in the form of yogurt, cottage cheese and the like.

    I think it's true, if it's going to happen it is inevitable.

    Don't worry WW, you are fine. And I would love to have that soup recipe!
     
  3. whoop whoop

    whoop whoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    NFL just thought of something I read here what about tofu? - I used it when mine were sick but don't know - calcium works everywehere, GOOD GET UP AND GO STUFF - I wish you everything - bloody none breeder/fast buck people so hope you come right xxx

    will send soup recipe is it ok here must I go somewhere else, have to feed DH AGAIN... want to[​IMG] but have to go xxx
     
  4. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

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    I think there are breeders locally that we need to just go visit.
    Pampered poultry is west of us, and his chickens are pampered. He would know if his girls had issues.
    That is where I plan on getting my eggs when it is time to replace.

    There was one farm listed for Archer in the local harvest web site. I think if you go local, check out their stock and ask questions you will do well.
    Have you been on the Florida thread? there are quite a few people in my area that breed birds, there may be more up your way.
    There are some in the Jacksonville area including Dawg53, who if he doesn't know what you need to know, no one does.
     
  5. Mtn Margie

    Mtn Margie Overrun With Chickens

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    Eggie, what great information!
    Cherry crisp in the oven.... the girls appreciated the cherries that didn't pass muster. Tried to be nice to my Roo, but he just will not eat first and I am sure not giving out that many cherries!
     
  6. N F C

    N F C More coffee please! Premium Member Project Manager

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    The place I noted a while back from the FL thread is in Newberry. I'll check out the Pampered Poultry place when we're ready. I didn't realize Dawg53 bred birds...I just knew he knows a LOT.
    I'm not ready to start replacing my birds right now. I want to watch these remaining 12 like a hawk to see if anything else happens (praying it doesn't). I have the info now for submitting them for a necropsy if worse comes to worse.

    Thanks for the info Eggsy.
     
  7. 3goodeggs

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    I don't know if he breeds them but he will know who does in the area.
     
  8. N F C

    N F C More coffee please! Premium Member Project Manager

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    Good to know, thanks!

    When you're ready to start over, are you going with fertile eggs or chicks? I'd like the experience of hatching some fertile eggs but haven't decided yet.
     
  9. 3goodeggs

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    My broodies are not sticking it out as along as they used to, of course I pick them up explain to them that they are sitting on air and take them outside each day for fresh air, food and water.
    Maybe I will get an incubator... I don't know yet. Or maybe I should start winding this farming thing down. It is difficult to get away.
    I dunno.
     
  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Would you want some more determined broody hens? Be careful what you wish for. [​IMG]
     

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