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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by standardbanty, Nov 8, 2008.

  1. standardbanty

    standardbanty Songster

    Nov 8, 2008
    Hi everybody..
    i was just wondering what hatchery has the "best quality not quanity" ...
    i was really looking toward Murray McMurray Hatchery. If you've ordered from them give me a holler!

  2. chickmamawannabe

    chickmamawannabe Songster

    Aug 20, 2008
    Canby, Or-y-gun
    You can try posting this in the "backyard hatcheries" forum, but I think the general consensus around here is that you're not going to get "Show quality" chicks from any large hatchery.
  3. That saying means that they don't strive to get good birds, just enough to hatch and fill orders.

    This doesnt mean that you can't get good chicks from places like this, just you prob. won't.

    I always order from Welp hatchery, love their birds, and GREAT customer service.

    Best of Luck [​IMG]

  4. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Songster

    Jun 7, 2008
    Scappoose Oregon
    I ordered from McM and am happy with my birds. They are healthy good layers, but they definitely aren't near show quality if that's what you are aiming for. I really, really doubt you'll get show grade birds from a major hatchery.
  5. greathorse

    greathorse Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Northern Colorado
    You will help by qualifying a bit what you mean by quality. There are many hatcheries that have good quality chickens and most folks look for hatcheries that are fairly close as it cuts down on shipping time. I agree Welp has great service and I have had great luck with thier chicks.

    One of the things I have enjoyed is searching for the small breeders that focus on very high quality show type true heritage breeds. These chicks are usually more costly, but when you think about the expense of raising chickens the initial cost of buying stock is the least costly part of it.

    Once you have your stock started is also easier and more rewarding to sell eggs or chicks (if you hatch) if you have known lines.

    I have decided on a couple of breeds and then went about finding the breeders that produce great stock. I truly enjoy this part.

    If you want a few hens to lay a few eggs in your back yard most hatcheries are pretty darn good.

  6. Buckaroo

    Buckaroo Songster

    Sep 14, 2008
    Milton Florida
    I've used Mcmurry and Ideal, and both seem to be good. I would pick the closest one for shipping purposes.
  7. standardbanty

    standardbanty Songster

    Nov 8, 2008
    I appreciate all your help.. I know i wont get show quality but decent birds. I ordered from ideal and the birds had all types of disqualifer features ,ecspeacially feathers. which hatchery do you think has the best birds?
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2008
  8. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    Almost all the hatcheries have production birds. Really the only places to find Show breeds are going to the breeders themselves. I showed a few MMC birds and they had disqualifying features.

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