Has Holdereads damaged his reputation?

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by houndit, Sep 3, 2009.

  1. houndit

    houndit There is no H or F in Orpington!

    Jul 13, 2008
    Braymer Missouri
    Someone on here told me that he had. I ordered some Khaki Campbells from him. I am not really happy. To me they look like Hatchery birds. Some are runts. Some are extremely dark. There are few who even remotely look like the standard. I am going to show them to Matt John who is a great poultry breeder and see what he thinks. Has anyone else had problems with his birds? I ordered his special exhibition matings. I would hate to see what his normal birds look like.
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2009
  2. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    I bought 7 ducks from him this year and I am happy with all 7. They are exactly what I expected them to be.

    Head over to the duck part of the forums and post pictures.
  3. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    My sebastopols, cayugas and silkie ducks all came from Dave...and all are gorgeous...maybe there was a mix up in your order? I'd email Dave & send him some photos....and tell him you're not happy....
  4. Hurst

    Hurst Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2009
    I got my runners from him and they are all Grand Champion. I am very happy with Holderread.
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    I'm sure it depends on what 'grade' you got. There are pet quality, which coming from him, should be better than hatchery but it's not guaranteed. If you ordered show quality and got birds that were below par you should contact him.
  6. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    Yes, call or email him. He or his wife Millie usually answer the phone M-Sat after 11am. I don't know who told you he has damaged his reputation, but I sure haven't heard anything like that in duck circles. Out of the 7 ducks I bought from him, 5 are show quality and 2 have a high likely hood of breeding SQ ducks. Email or post pictures of your ducks to him and explain your concern. He's very easy to talk with.

    And from the Holderread's site:
    "Remember, not every offspring from even the best stock develop into show specimens. A good rule of thumb is to raise 2 to 3 young for every show bird desired." It's possible you just got the bad odds. Odds are like that.
  7. chicktwit

    chicktwit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 21, 2007
    I got BEI's from them & the birds are great. The whole order process was great, Do you have pics? Can we see them? You should contact them if the birds are not up to the quality you purchased.
  8. frostymayfly

    frostymayfly Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 30, 2008
    Renton Wa
    I bought 5 Roman Tufted Geese from him in March and I'm more than happy with them. I lost the runt of the bunch to a raccoon last week but he was a little slow and It's just natures way although I miss the little critter. The other 4 look like they are going to be real decent show birds.
  9. josh44

    josh44 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 16, 2008
    San Antonio Texas
    with all breeds or poultry, just because the parents are Quality, there are no guarentees that the offspring will be.
  10. NoseyChickens

    NoseyChickens Feathers On The Ground

    Aug 3, 2009
    Southern California
    I got my runner ducks from them. they are beautiful. Did well in the first (and only so far) show I put them in. I could not be happier.

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