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Dunlap & Phinney WA/ID hatcheries

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by digitS', Feb 8, 2009.

  1. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would like to know what experiences folks have had with Phinney Hatchery in Southeast Washington and Dunlap Hatchery in Southern Idaho. They aren't too far from me.

    Does Phinney have a website? . . . catalog?

    Dunlap's website is here. Orders are only taken over the phone & by fax but it is easy enuf finding out what they offer. This company has obviously been in the hatchery business for many, many years. They also have supplies.

    I'm curious about the Red Cornish X's and also the Austra White layers Dunlap sells. Maybe it's time for some hybrids [​IMG]!

    Shipping distance and costs have always been a concern [​IMG].

    Thanks!

    Steve [​IMG]
     
  2. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    Phinney is retiring from hatching they will be resaleing, I think from Privett.
     
  3. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you, Jean.

    So, the Privett website should work in making selections?

    That might be fine. I've heard good things about Privett chicks.

    Shipping distances just jumped about 1,000 miles, I suppose [​IMG].

    Steve
     
  4. CANDLE98

    CANDLE98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know our local D&B orderes from Dunlap every year and their chicks are good, I haven't heard any complaints.
     
  5. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used to have a rural paper route not long after I started driving [​IMG]. Delivered papers to a hatchery. It was the "tidiest" farm on the route. I always enjoyed driving into their yard early, early in the morning.

    These places were probably once far more common. I get the idea from some sites that the hatcheries do "drop" shipping these days. I kind of cringe at the idea of drop anything when it has to do with chicks but I'm probably being too sensitive [​IMG].

    I had only one shipment of chicks over the years. Those were quail and there was only one injury.

    It would probably make sense to look into what hatcheries are close to the "hub airports" to see which have the easiest & quickest time in getting chicks to get to our homes. But, I realize that there are other factors than shipping in these decisions.

    Steve
    edited to say: that hatchery on my paper route has been out of business for a good 30 years now. (My last paper to them was a few years before that [​IMG].) I admire folks that can stay in business over generations.
     
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  6. DaggerD

    DaggerD Out Of The Brooder

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    I just ordered from Dunlap. It was great because when I ordered and told them my last name they had my mom's name and number on record. I told her it was for me and not my mom. When I asked my mom about it, she said that she hasn't ordered from them since she was 23 years old. That was more than 30 years ago. So I guess all I can say at the moment is that they keep good records.
     
  7. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well heck, DaggerD, your Mom is just a Spring Chicken!

    Steve [​IMG]
     
  8. CANDLE98

    CANDLE98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dagger,
    Have you gotten your chicks from Dunlap yet? i am just wondering if you were happy with them.
     
  9. Tailfeathers

    Tailfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can't speak to Dunlap but I wouldn't recommend getting any Welsummers from Phinney - or any hatchery for that matter. The same goes for Ameraucanas - unless you really want Easter Eggers.

    God Bless,
     
  10. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    Just found this thread; and have to say Dunlaps is just down the road from me and I love them. It's funny they are right in the heart of town, but you can kind of see that the town has grown up around them. Family owned business with several generations working there at once, jus the kind of people it's nice to do business with. The cleanliness and care they exhibit are amazing. I have a batch of the Austra whites from them right now. They speak very highly of them. So far I like the pulletts they are large and healthy with good natures (so far). The roosters are BIG, moe agressive and flying already (3 weeks old). they told me they lay large creamy off white eggs; I thought that sounded like a nice addition to my flock. They don't vent sex, so if you arder straight run you are gettting a true straight run - not picked through. Similarly I am very happy so far with my Black Australorps from them.
     

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