Has anyone had any experience with Chicken Scratch Poultry in McLeansboro, IL?

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by Chikenbutwut, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. Chikenbutwut

    Chikenbutwut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In scouting around for possible breeders/small home hatcheries to buy from, their site caught my eye because they offer all the breeds I'm interested in. They're also about 2 hrs. away from me, so I could run out and pick the birds up, rather than have them go through the stress of shipping (though I realize any move will be stressful, I want to make it as less stressful as I possibly can, if I can help it).

    I did a search on here about them and read on one thread that their BLRWs are mainly splashes and that one person had gotten a bird with an improper comb, then read on another thread that one person mentioned hatching out nine of the eggs sent and of the hatch, one chick had leg issues and didn't thrive, another ended up having feathers oddly growing in the direction of it's vent and had no tail to speak of and that the other chicks were healthy, but 2 of the Marans had mid toe feathering...another on that thread said that they found out their Wade Jean Marans were second hand and their Araucanas had no tufts out of all that were hatched out. Out of what I read on these threads, the chicks were mostly healthy and there were people who were quite pleased with the birds they'd gotten from them too. The cosmetic issues don't really concern me...I mean, I like the Araucanas that don't have the tufts...I just get a kick out of them being rumpless 'cause they kinda look like little balls, lol, and color or midtoe feathering doesn't really bother me, as, though I do want pretty birds, my birds are just going to be for pets and eggs.

    I was thinking about getting BLRWs and lavender Orpingtons from them, but I'm really more interested in their Amercaucanas, Araucanas, light Sussex, black or blue copper Marans and Olive Eggers. I can only get keep around 5 birds, so out of the breeds I finally choose, I'd have to either get their pullets or get extra chicks to be able to have enough to get pullets out of in a straight run (as I can only have pullets). Some of my concerns were addressed in the threads I read, but I'd like more info. if I can get it and there are some questions I have that the threads didn't provide answers to, so I figured I'd make my own thread and ask. My main concerns are the health, temperament and longevity of their birds. That and I'm wondering whether or not their pullets, if I decide to go the route of getting them instead of chicks, are well socialized with people. I mean, I don't want pullets that haven't been handled much 'cause friendly birds are important to me, as I have a child who is interested in helping mommy out with her chickens and will need birds that can be easily handled. I also have my daughter and husband who are enamored by egg color, lol! How dark are their Marans eggs and how good is the color of eggs in their Ameraucanas, Araucanas and Olive Eggers? I'd like to get a basket of blue, green and would like some decently dark eggs out of the Marans...where would their Marans eggs fall on the Marans scale? They state on their site that their light Sussex lay a pink colored egg...I realize that brown eggs can look pinkish, but I always thought they laid a regular brown egg?

    Any information, even if it's on breeds of theirs that I haven't mentioned and no matter how little one has to share, anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated.

    Sorry this is so long, I just want to make sure I do my homework well before I commit to buying from anyone.

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    Edit: I meant to say I can only keep around 5 birds.
     
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  2. bambamsdad

    bambamsdad Out Of The Brooder

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    I've bought birds from them twice happy both times 1 pair of coronation sussex(huge birds) and 2 pair blk/blu marans the coro sussex is laying and does have a pinkish egg the marans are still young 14wks? if you'd like to see some pics let me know. Pete
     
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  3. luckyone

    luckyone New Egg

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    I was wondering the same thing! I am so glad that you asked this question. I found them on Facebook and have been checking out their website. I am interested in hearing from others about the quality of their birds and if anyone would recommend buying chicks from them.
     
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  4. gg706

    gg706 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought my birds from Chicken Scratch. You can look at the pics of the birds I kept on my page if you wish.
    They will be a year old in March. The BLR Wyandottes are OK the color is off and the type is not close. But I think better than a hatchey bird but not even near the quality of a breeder. They also started laying at like 7 months old and then quit laying and started molting. So I have not gotten much for my efforts.
    I also have Araucana........The Araucana hens were 10 months old before they attempted to lay and ended up culling them because they could not pass the egg. This has happened twice. I only have 1 Araucana hen left and she has not laid yet....I am concerned she will not be able to lay either. I can not say for a complete certainty that it is Chicken Scratches breeding line.....I contacted her and she said she has not any problems or complaints. The same thing happening on two different birds a week apart concluded me to MY own conclusion though. I am ordering from Meyer Hatchery this time. I don't want to kill anymore of my pets. I will have Araucana again, and when I do I will purchase some eggs from one of the breeders here on BYC.
    The breeders that can help with info on Araucana and possible hatching eggs or chicks hang out on a thread called Araucana Anyone? I would purchase Araucana from someone on that thread who knows what they are doing. Araucana are wonderful birds, have exceptional personality, and superior intellegence. They range very well. My rooster is particulary friendly and is a wonderful flock protector! He also has a tuft on one side...none of my hens had tufts. That is not unusal though...getting an Araucana with double tufts is like the chupacabra! One negative that I experience and I do believe everyone with Araucana experience is poo getting stuck to the tush and feathers. I guess because of the rumplessness. Some birds are worse than others. It isnt that big of a deal...I take scissors and cut the feathers off on their tush and it helped alot.
     
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  5. Chikenbutwut

    Chikenbutwut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, so their Sussex do lay pinkish eggs...that's cool!

    Yeah, seeing pics would be great...thank you! [​IMG]

    Since you mention getting pairs, does that mean you got them when they were older? That's one of my concerns...getting well socialized (handled) pullets from them.

    Is that your dog in your avatar? Favors one of mine...she has a bit more white on her though. Bully breeds and their sticks, they crack me up, lol! [​IMG]

    Hope it helps you get the answers you were looking for. [​IMG]

    Oh no, not liking all that about the Araucanas. So sorry you had to go through that hon...must've been terrible on you having to kill your own pets due to issues. Sorry you're not getting much out of the BLRWs too. [​IMG]

    Yeah, I think I'll go somewhere else for my Araucanas and for the BLRWs (if I decide to get BLRWs...still on the fence about them). I'll be sure to check out that "Araucana Anyone" page you mentioned...thank you. I have others in mind, that I researched, to buy from...I wonder if they're on that page...will have to see.

    I don't mind the bit about the tufts, as my family prefers the smooth faces, but surely don't want birds that have to be culled due to not laying. You cracked me up with what you said about getting an Araucana with double tufts being like the chupracabra, lol!! [​IMG]

    I don't mind trimming tushies. I was a groomer for 17 yrs, so I'm use to trimming tushies, lol! Thanks for telling me that though, as I had no idea.
     
  6. gg706

    gg706 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, killing your pet chicken is not easy...but they were suffering SO BAD when it was over I felt I did them a favor. Thank You for your kind words. I actually prefer the clean faces as well on the hens...I do like my roo having tufts, actually he only has "tuft" . Don't know why, makes him look more debonair! I love my Araucana and will have more of them.....someday. I just don't want to deal with all the roosters on a straight run order. It was also very expensive to order 25 chicks from a breeder, after you cull and keep 6 or 7 birds you have paid an ASTRONOMICAL amount per bird. That was something that bothered me I guess after I got the birds grown up. So I am going to order hatchery birds this time around and maybe get some Araucana hatching eggs at some point. Good Luck! Hope you find what you are looking for!
     
  7. bambamsdad

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    Yeah thats the old man hes one of 3 heres some pics not the greatest some shots of my other flock too!!
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  8. bambamsdad

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    lost the sussex!!
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  9. Chikenbutwut

    Chikenbutwut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope things work out for you and that you're able to get your hands on some good Araucanas in the future. [​IMG]

    Yeah, I know what you mean about the straight run orders...that's what makes it kinda rough for me as well, as I can only have pullets. That's one thing I was interested in their birds for...because they sold pullets.

    Thank you for all of your info. and good luck to you too! [​IMG]
    Thanks for the pics of the dogs...very cute! The blue and white looks a lot like my girl. Love the expression on it's face and what a beautiful dog!

    Those Marans look nice. Did you see any of the coloring in their Marans' eggs? The pics of their eggs on their site look pretty good.
    Wow, gorgeous Sussex! You lost them? What happened?
     
  10. bambamsdad

    bambamsdad Out Of The Brooder

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    No i didnt see the eggs just purchased pullets and had them throw in the roos. I didnt lose the sussex just the pics!! i can also tell you that i dont think they handle the birds to much as all mine are skittish but getting better the marans have very nice laceing in my opinion but im no expert ! I based my ordering on price and local wasnt to concerned about show qlty as i dont show as of yet but they were very decent to deal with and very willing to keep me informed as im not very patient waiting for shipped birds/chicks worse than kid on x-mas!! anywaygood luck shopping if ican help let me know i have been shopping alot over the past year up to 105 birds now some hatchery some show stock but im happy with them all and dont let the gen public fool ya some hatchery birds are excellent qlty others not so much show people started somewhere right?? pete
     
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