Ever known a hatchery to make a mistake?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by nuttyredhead, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. nuttyredhead

    nuttyredhead Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Southern NH
    I received my chicks June 2nd. I ordered 15 total and 3 of them where to be Buff Brahmas. Now i know they are supposed to be featherlegged....but i only have 2 that have feathers on their legs? Any thoughts??
  2. mama2many

    mama2many Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2010
    I would definately call them. It may have been a mistake, either way its best to let them know.
  3. jinxschuh

    jinxschuh Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2011
    Northern Utah
    Quote:I'm sure it is easy to get a chick order mixed up, just think of how many orders they must fill every spring and how many different breeds they must have. I was fostering a black copper marans that also should've had feathers on it's legs, it did, kind of, at least the ones the other chicks (who did not have feathers on their legs) left unplucked. I would think in a large scale situation where they are breeding lots of different breeds of chickens that I'd feel safe to bet that every once in a while they will end up with a mixed breed and not know it...? Also they can mix up sexing chicks. I purchased 8 pullets and 95% sure one of them is a roo. I'm going to keep him, but I hadn't bargained for a roo in the beginning.
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Once I had ordered 25 pullets from Ideal. One turned out to be a cockerel. I didn't keep him. I found him a new home as some people wanted a roo for breeding and at that time I wasn't interested in breeding and thought he may be a brother to the girls and I know it's not good to breed brother to sister. Most hatcheries have a 90% guarantee. I'm sure that they can mix up breeds also with as many chicks they hatch.
  5. earnhardtlvr

    earnhardtlvr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2011
    Hagerstown, MD
    Def doesn't sound like a brahma. Can u post pics and we can try to guess better??
  6. NYRIR

    NYRIR Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2010
    I did get a Buff Brahma from TSC this year that has no feathered legs...wonder if it came from the same stock as yours...[​IMG] I also got a silkie with no feathers on the legs....and a sebright roo with a beard along with one with a single comb...Like my DH says, TSC and hatchery's have "Purebred Mutts! " [​IMG]
  7. Spires6

    Spires6 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2009
    I have had hatcheries make mistakes but it is usually an error in sexing.
  8. Whiskey Bay

    Whiskey Bay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:To start with,you have to remember this is a hatchery you're talking about.They breed first and foremost for production.To produce enough chicks for sales.They do not breed for color or standard or show quality.Simply babies.They do not cull stock just because it has 'light' feathering when it should be heavy.So if you think about them taking a certain number of young birds to grow out for next years production,they are just pulling birds from that breed.Not scrutinizing the quality.If you breed light to light you get light or lighter... The more you inbreed,breed down qualities,the more non existant it will be.Just like a person working a project,such as using lav ameraucana to a black australorp (per say) to try to create a lav aussie....they would breed for color first and foremost.Once the color is established,then they have to work on getting that peacomb out of there.Even a few generations down,you may happen to have a peacomb pop in there.
  9. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Could be a mix-up. Could just be poor quality breed. Did you specify substitutions?? That could be it too. I've only dealt with sexing errors, and only one at that...oh, and I've dealt with substitutions.
  10. nuttyredhead

    nuttyredhead Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Southern NH
    Hmmm.. i called. They dont know what i have! lol! They show that 3 brahmas shipped, but i only have 2! [​IMG]

    I will have to post pics later today to get some help!

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