Cackle Hatchery

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by gingernutranger, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. gingernutranger

    gingernutranger Songster

    Aug 4, 2007
    Has anyone ever ordered delawares, campine, lakenvelder, new hampshires, or any other heritage breed from Cackle Hatchery? What was the overall quality and appearence of the birds and does anyone have pictures?

    I always like to know from others before ordering. Thanks
  2. The only chicks we have ever ordered were barred rocks from Cackle Hatchery. We were totally impressed with their service and quality of the chicks. All arrived safe and healthy and grew up to be beautiful birds. We always recommend Cackle to anyone wanting to get chicks.
  3. gingernutranger

    gingernutranger Songster

    Aug 4, 2007
    Do you have any pictures of them?
  4. Southerngirl

    Southerngirl Songster

    Mar 25, 2008
    Central Arkansas
    They have wonderful stock; here are some of mine
    Dark Cornish


    Light Brahma


    Black Jersey Giant[​IMG]

    They are reasonable on prices and very hardy stock. I have purchased from them many times with minimal loss of chicks. [​IMG]
  5. Ang

    Ang Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    West Central Illinois
    Most of my birds are from Cackle. I have never had issues and have always been pleased with the quality. I have a Delaware from them but I don't have pictures. She is a pretty thing though!
  6. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    I got chicks from them two time this spring I was very happy with them.
    I would say for "hatchery birds" they are good quality.

    Here is a Light Brahma cockerel and pullet I got from them this spring.. ( I got them April 23rd )
    The cage I used for the photo is 22 high x 24 long..



  7. JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom

    JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom Songster

    Jun 17, 2009
    West Central WI
    Our local Feed Store gets chicks through Cackle, we got 10 Speckled Sussex.

    Straight Run, received 4 cockerels and 6 pullets, so that tends to indicate their stright run are not "what's left over when the needed number of females for other orders have been pulled out"

    Local poultry judge looked at them at 2 months any said they did not look much like Speckled Sussex. I have untrained eyes, and they look like most of the pet quality pictures I have seen, but desired feathering on Speckled Sussex for show seems to be pretty complex.

    One pullet has crooked toes on the outside of both feet. That could be from an injury at our house, might not be a hatchery defect. She is also darker than the others, so could be she could be an outlier i general.

    Temperment and size has been very good, in line with the breed description.

    First egg at 18 weeks. Eggs are not getting larger very fast.

    RAREROO Crowing

    Jul 22, 2009
    Alapaha, Ga
    I got Barred Rocks and Speckled Sussex from Cackle. I am very pleased with them.

    Here is a Speckled Sussex roo


    Here is a SS hen


    Here is a Barred Rock roo, excuse his tailfeatherlessness, he is finishing his molt. LOL


    I am also selling hatching eggs from both breeds.
  9. tadkerson

    tadkerson Songster

    Jul 19, 2008
    I have ordered hundreds of birds from Cackle. All of the birds have been good stock. You can not expect show quality from a hatchery. You can expect healthy birds that represent the breed or variety. I have ordered lakenvelder, new hamps and delaware from Cackle. I was pleased with the birds. The rhode island red I have were produced from stock I ordered from Cackle. I have two male new hapshire now that are growing like a weed. I plan on using them to increase the size of my rhode island red. My males are very dark mahogany but a bit on the small size.

  10. biomistake

    biomistake Songster

    Jul 19, 2009
    I have placed two orders with Cackle hatchery this year and have been very pleased with my hatchery stock. The first was for Light Brahmas, Partridge Rocks, and Dominiques. The second order was the Cackle Hatchery Surprise and an all heavy frypan special. Here is my photobucket link:

    I am fixing to harvest 4 of the dominiques and most of the roos from the surprise.

    The Surprise/Special had Silkies dominiques, Production red Roos, hens and other Sexlinks hens. Black Australorps/Black Jersey Giants, White Rock, Possible White Jersey Giant, 4 Pekin Ducks, Silver Laced Wyandotes, Old English Games, Buff Orpingtons, Sexlink Roos 7. I think that about covers it. Enjoy the chicken pics.

    Also the Dark Cornish and Sebrights Album has the aforementioned and 4 RIR roos. The fifth roo was killed by our husky when it decided to go walk about in the house unsupervised.

    Interestingly enough my sexlink roos which are a month younger than the dominique roos are just a few ounces shy of the same weight which is why I am going to put them in freezer camp.

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