Feed store sold me "Ameracaunas"

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  1. BirdHead

    BirdHead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I got jipped a couple bucks for EEs lol but they have straight combs crowing and stand sorta high stationed for only several weeks old, the last never gave me a age nor did i try to age them.

    Edit: Now they are growing straight combs, single row points and ones whole leg and foot is slate and the other is only the foot is slight slate to slate at toes.
     
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Happens all the time hopefully they are at least EE if you are hoping for blue/green eggs.
     
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  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    I agree with sourland, but with straight combs, the chances of Easter Eggers is low since in most cases the colored egg gene is linked with the pea comb gene. If you can post a pic of your birds, we can probably ID them for you.
     
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Lots of people getting gypped - it's epidemic. Feed store folks don't show the slightest remorse, for their mislabeling.
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Feed store folks don't even know the difference = it's the hatcheries that are misleading all of us.
     
  6. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens

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    It would be trivial to make EE's with single combs, there is no real correlation between pea combs and egg color. They reside on the same chromosome and since most EE's were derived from real Ams w pea combs, people assume they are somehow causal. Perfect exception is the Cream Legbar, single comb and beautiful blue eggs.

    The real take away from this is to buy from trustworthy sources, some feed stores do a great job of handling and marketing chicks, but most are simply trying to drive add on sales and can't be bothered to invest in either good stock or employee training. I can't blame them, making those investments are not guaranteed to improve their financial results, and this industry doesn't have a lot of excess funds for experimental marketing.

    I think this could be changed with dedicated "poultry people" making an effort to help out in the local mom-n-pop feed stores. I am doing this with the Agway down the street. I've become friends with the owner and have sold them some great chicks that they made money selling during a time of the year when they normally would not have sold any chicks. In the spring we will expand this and I will be training their workers and (hopefully) conducting some weekend chicken raising seminars at their shop. Since this is a hobby and I don't have to turn a profit, I can take time with new chicken owners to answer all their questions and make recommendations for their specific circumstances, something businesses can't really do. I would urge others with significant experience to consider something like this. By improving the points of supply, we can have a much greater effect than selling a few chicks on the side.

    I did supply purebred BBS Ameraucanas to Agway and they sold a few dozen of them. I intend to make them available again next spring.
     
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  7. Michael OShay

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    That's an excellent point.
     
  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Agreed; the EEs arrive from the hatcheries labeled Ameraucanas and the feed store employees have no idea that they're being duped.
     
  9. BirdHead

    BirdHead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My phones camera doesn't work, but when I can find a camera later today ill post em, I'm assuming they're only 4-5 weeks old. The lady never gave me a age but she sure did charge me an extra $5 for the pair (straight run), from when I sexed them the "roo" is now less dominant in the brooder, the "pullet" has taken power and has sparred with the smaller Cornish cockerel I have with now, she does as she wants and the "roo" stays under "her" now. before hand it was the other way around and she has the slate colored legs with the comb growing faster than the "roo" has a lighter color legs I cant quite put my finger on the color as his comb is slightly growing slower. The "pullet" has lighter orangey with black dots on the bottom hard feathers growing on her chest and bottom back of her neck as the "roo"s is way off color nothing like hers. I wouldn't be too disappointed if they came out to be EEs but I also don't appreciated being lied too regardless feed store or hatchery. If I could id take em back so I can find what I really want to breed, some Malays!
     
  10. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    I agree with you! [​IMG]
     

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