Hatchery Open House

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by Chicken Paradise, Apr 4, 2009.

  1. Chicken Paradise

    Chicken Paradise Out Of The Brooder

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    Feb 21, 2009
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    I just got back from an open house held by Griffith Hatchery in Fulton, MO. I was very surprised at the lack of biosecurity for the chicks, there were people milling about the various tubs of few day-old to few-week old chicks, all out in the open, practically no heat source for the little guys. There was a cage outside in 50-some degree weather (with a good wind to boot) with dying month-old chicks in it.

    The various coops spread around the property had multiple breeds of birds in the, which leads me to wonder the breeding of chicks you might get when you order a specific kind.

    I was definitely not impressed, especially at the tub of brightly dyed chicks which nobody seemed to know what breed they were. It was also incredibly dirty and, (to be expected,) smelly.

    I am glad that I visited, it definitely convinces me to continue purchasing chicks from cackle.
     
  2. elliemay0305

    elliemay0305 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sounds like they just opened to try and make money so they call thier self a hatchery. any good hatchery would have the chicks out int he open like that or just let people come in without taking some kind of precautions.
     
  3. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    Yea that's bad anyone one of those people could have had a disease on them without even knowing it. That's why I stay away from any store that has there chicks set out on the floor. I will how ever buy them if there in a separate room where you can see them through a window.
     
  4. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    They probably need to be reported...
     

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