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Chicken Scratch Poultry for pullets? Expanding our flock...

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by GardenTillers44, Nov 28, 2016.

  1. GardenTillers44

    GardenTillers44 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know CSP has been in a couple threads over the years, but I have a couple of new questions. We have a small flock of eight 1 yr. old hens for egg laying: 2-RIR, 2-SLW, 1-Buff Orpington, 2-Amber-links and a Partridge Rock. We would like to expand the flock by 4-6 and are looking to add some color to the egg basket. Thinking of adding 2-Ameraucana, 2-Welsummer and possibly 2-Olive Eggers. Not really interested in show quality, but would like healthy, representative birds with good egg color. Due to our work situation with hours and commutes, we are not set up to handle hatching eggs or raising chicks, and so are looking for a reliable place to obtain pullets. Chicken Scratch Poutry is the only place we have found that offers pullets raised to order in the breeds we are looking for. They are also within driving distance and allow farm pick-up.
    My questions: CSP did not have consistently good reviews here a few years ago. I have found some better reviews recently elsewhere, but would like to see some updates from the BYC group??
    Does anyone have other options for pullets in the midwest? Meyers Hatchery is only a couple hours from us and occasionally has pullets, but won't raise them to order as far as I know.
    Also, since we have never worked with Ameraucanas, Wellies or OE's, do they seem a reasonable fit with what we have? The SLW and Partridge Rock are the dominant hens, but they all get along fine. We have a separate coop, run and foraging area near the main yard so the newcomers can be quarantined, grow and adjust within sight of the others before integrating.

    Thanks in advance for your thoughts and input.
     
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. GardenTillers44

    GardenTillers44 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I'll definitely check out the Buckeye bunch. I already found a neighbor on BYC 15 miles away who is raising Wellies and Americaunas. They are only selling eggs at this point, but may let go of a year old hen or two. I don't know that we are uncomfortable with CSP for started pullets. Every indication I have seen so far is that the disatisfaction in the past has been with the hatching eggs and chicks not living up to expectations. The few folks that have posted about pullets and picking up at the farm have been positive. The convenience of getting the started pullets on our wish list all in one trip and with one flock introduction was the appeal. I'm still interested in any recent CSP experiences.
     

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