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Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by mtnhomechick, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Songster

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    Has anyone ever ordered from Estes Hatchery in Springfied Missouri?

    Just wondering.....I bought some of their rainbow layers at the farm store and don't have a clue what three of them are. They are all the same breed.

  2. jjstroz

    jjstroz In the Brooder

    Feb 25, 2009
    Chillicothe, MO
    I got some chicks from Estes, via our local Orscheln's. When I saw "rainbow layers' I thought that meant that they would lay green/blue eggs. BUT I learned a lesson!!! (you probably already know this) The rainbow layers are an assortment of whatever pullets that they wanted to get rid of. Some lay brown some lay white. I was so curious to know what I had gotten that I emailed pictures to the Estes website. A very nice lady named Judy identified them for me and what a bunch of suprises!!!

    I got three Sicilian buttercups (the chicks are yellowy brown with dark spots on their heads and faces and they have brown chipmunk looking stripes on their backs. (white egg layers)
    Two were Jersey White Giants. The chicks are big and yellowish grey and have willow collored legs. (brown egg layers)
    One was a fluffy yellow chick she said was a White Rock and then there is a mystery chick. She's kind of colored like a barred rock chick, but has feathers down her legs.

    You can email me and I'll send you pictures of them!
  3. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Songster

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    Well, sounds very interesting. I got mine at Orschelns too. The tag said brown egg layers. Who knows though. Mine are kind of yellowish with a vague grey strip down the back and whitish wings.. It's all kind of intermingled though. I only got 3 of them and truthfully it was because they were already about 10 days old. Figured they had a good start. The rest I knew were rsl and bo.

    Wonder what I have....oh btw..they have yellow legs...not dark.

    Can you guess?

    I don't have a clue.


  4. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Songster

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    Double Post Edited.
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2009
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Can you post some pics? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  6. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Songster

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    I can't right now........I will try tomorrow though.
  7. J. Jamison

    J. Jamison In the Brooder

    Jun 2, 2008
    NE Arkansas
    I bought some RIR's from Orchelins that came from estes. They are some of my favorites. I wish I had bought more!

  8. pdsavage

    pdsavage Sussex Monarch

    Mar 27, 2008
    My chicks i get from Orchlens come from there all very hardy chicks,I just got 8 bantams doing great.
    Post pics it would help us ID em better...
  9. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    I've bought both black australorps and welsummers from them and was very happy with the quality of both. Estes Hatchery is a smaller family run business and you would be hard pressed to find people that work harder to please you.
  10. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    I ordered thru Estes Hatchery for 15 Welsummers and was pleased with all of them. Unfortunately I lost them all due to predators.

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