Can you recommend a good, cheap hatchery for my 1st duckling order??

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by mommyofthree, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. mommyofthree

    mommyofthree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are going to raise 20 pekins for someone for meat, I was going to order them from my local hatchery (Townline) and just pick them up as usual but apparently they do not sell ducklings after July. I am looking for a good deal from a reliable hatchery, we're just going with straight run. Any suggestions?? I have looked at several sites and so far the best price I've found is Welp Hatchery for $4.15 per duckling and that includes shipping. That still seems high to me though since Townline sells them for $2.75. [​IMG]
     
  2. anaiyuk

    anaiyuk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well heres what I can tell you. Most hatcheries do not give concern to the treatment of thier chicks and alot of it is cruel. Metzer is not that way. Niether is holdereads. both go to great lengths to make sure that their breeders and offspring are treated in a manner that all living things should be treated! You can see some of how hatcheries typically treat thier "income" on you tube. Do not watch it if you are faint of heart!
     
  3. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    Metzers sell imported bloodlines specially developed for the meat market. $4.45 straight run, but worth it if they really do perform better. Look for the Grimaud Pekins on their website. Their shipping is reasonable.

    If you watch for the Monday specials at Ideal, they sell ducklings for $2.50 if you buy at least 20. They sell pekins. That's not their regular price. That's for when they have more chicks than they have spoken for. Ask to get on their mailing list and they will email you the specials.

    I'd have to check to make sure, but I don't think Holderread sells Pekins.
     
  4. SebrightLuver

    SebrightLuver Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2011
    I would go with Ideal, I've heard good things about them.
     
  5. SebrightLuver

    SebrightLuver Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2011
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  6. DuckMan50

    DuckMan50 Out Of The Brooder

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    Meyer Hatchery is pretty cheap and you can get a minimum of only two!!
     
  7. Theeggboxtoo

    Theeggboxtoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. thekid

    thekid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Metzerfarms.com they have 3 different types of pekin
     
  9. thekid

    thekid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Meyer gets their ducks from Metzer.....
     
  10. mommyofthree

    mommyofthree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all of the tips, we hit the jackpot and the guy who wants me to raise the ducks found a local lady who will sell us week old muscovies for $1 each!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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