California Hatchery reviews?

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by nikki1496, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. snowbunnisub

    snowbunnisub New Egg

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    When you do get your chickens let me know cause I am looking for somewhere to get a few chickens in the next couple months! Also in California Tehachapi area Bakersfield
     
  2. nikki1496

    nikki1496 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2013
    northern california
    I went with my better judgement and went with cackle hatchery they come from missouri but are supposed to be a pretty good hatchery. i should get chickens frok them in feb and if they arrive good and healthy i may recommend them also california hatchery is terribly over priced
     
  3. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    You probably made a good decision. I've heard good things about Cackle, and one feed store in Sonoma County buys chicks from them. I don't know of any good stock coming out of California but I'm kind of a hermit. I've had Barred Rocks from Belt in Fresno and wasn't impressed. I ordered from Privett in NM last year and was happy with my birds.
     
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  4. nikki1496

    nikki1496 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2013
    northern california
    Cackle seems better and are also much cheaper. we ordered 25 bantam chickens 5 of 5 diff breeds.
    Michael are your chickens bantam or standard since u live here in north cali.
    we ordered 5 black silkies,5 white silkies,5 dominique bantams,5 colombian wyandotte bantams and 5 buff brahma bantams. Im just hoping they will be good up here.
     
  5. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    All those you mentioned will do fine. I'm near the coast, so it gets cold here this time of year. I've had bantams, but prefer standards (LF) because I like large eggs. That's good you're getting Bantams besides the Silkies. I've never had Silkies but have read about the soft spot where the comb is. It is a sensitive area of the skull, so keep an eye on the pecking order.
     
  6. nikki1496

    nikki1496 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2013
    northern california
    Yea i did see an article about that spot. we have a standard size flock already so when we move our bantams to a coop we are going to built them a seperate one so that they wont fight as much and the silkies will be a bit safer
     
  7. Groovy Chicks

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    I ordered 10 hens from California Hatchery. Had to wait for them to hatch as I wanted a variety. They arrived on time and healthy. Was a bit more pricey to allow for the variety without buying a minimum number of same breed. But overall very happy. . Drawback is no live person to talk to. Answering machine directs you to email contact. Emails were answered promptly. I will order from them again.
     
  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    When I lived in California, I used to order my chicks from Dunlap Hatchery in Caldwell, Idaho (http://dunlaphatchery.net/). They have very good birds and service. The folks at Dunlap were very friendly and helpful, and I never lost a single chick in shipping.
     
  9. TammyTX

    TammyTX Overrun With Chickens

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    Do not purchase eggs from a place in Calimesa CA calling themselves "Robin's Eggs". They are using my photo to sell their eggs on CL, eBay and possibly here.
     

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