Hill Country Poultry in Burnet Texas

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by jtn42248, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. jtn42248

    jtn42248 Overrun With Chickens

    Has anyone used Hill Country Poultry in Burnet, Texas? If so, what did you think? They deal in "started" chicks and chickens and I am thinking about using them to get a jump start on my flock. How are they to do business with? What about the quality of their hens?
    Thanks in advance,
  2. FreeRangePamela

    FreeRangePamela Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 2, 2014
    Texas Hill Country
    Did you ever get any responses to this, or did you end up doing business with them? They do a lot of advertising on Craigslist but I haven't heard any word of mouth (good or bad) about them. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide!
  3. jtn42248

    jtn42248 Overrun With Chickens

    Sorry but just saw your post. I did drive to Burnet and purchased three SR Toulouse geese from them about 4 weeks old to match the hatch date of my ducks. They are an interesting place. Poultry coops, plants, mechanic, a sort of everything shop. Small street presence (I passed them three times before I stopped and asked at a gas station about a block from them). The geese obviously had been in crowded environments and had pecking to their backs but that grew back really fast. They are all very happy and healthy now at about 8 weeks of age. Sweet and friendly. Don't know what sort of pens or coop areas they have "out back". I doubt that I will do any business with them in the future unless I want/need older birds. Also, have no idea where they get their stock. But, I enjoy the brooding of young chicks/ducklings/goslings and will do that in the future.
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  4. rubbermonkey

    rubbermonkey New Egg

    May 4, 2014
    I've bought plenty of chicks from all over, and hatched my own.

    Best brood-hens I've ever seen were golden sex links from this place
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  5. cmfarm

    cmfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Elgin, TX
    I bought some chickens from there a few years ago and they where sick when I got them (sneezing, which I didn't realize until I got them home). It was a long drive there (I live almost 2 hours from where they where at) so it was too much work to return them. They hardly laid any eggs (I believe it was due to the illness they had). I wouldn't recommend them.
  6. StoneyHillCoop

    StoneyHillCoop New Egg

    Apr 24, 2014
    I live in Round Rock, TX, so the drive to Burnet is a pleasant treat for us. We use Hill Country Poultry exclusively. I have to say, I think they are wonderful. They are very helpful (most chicken people are) and if you have questions and want to talk to a live person, you are always welcome to call. It is a difficult place to find, we also drove by a couple of times, but this is "small town" Texas, what you would expect. Our birds did come with some "pecking" issues on their backs as well, but that said, I think they were much less stressed than had I received them in the mail. My husband and I addressed the pecking behavior immediately, took it very seriously, as these injuries can lead to disaster with your flock. So we doctored the girls tails, with some purple, voodoo, camphor, nasty goop (technical terms here) we purchased at Callahans Feed in Cedar Park - who also have chickens - but no where near the selection in breeds. The goop worked great! The girls absolutlely hate it, we doctored once/twice per week for 3 weeks, and they stopped. The worst of the pecking was directed at the two Speckled Sussex, I believe because of their markings, those speckles were just way too enticing! Some on the Barnevelder's too. We bought 16 chickens from Hill Country, 8 different breeds, all of them have thrived. The birds were already to go into a coop, (no brood lamp needed, a few less things to buy, but more expensive/older chickens) and accustomed to the outdoors. However, we did bring them into garage at night for a couple of weeks, because it was still pretty cool in March.

    I pulled up this blog, because today we are headed out to Hill Country Poultry again! Our dogs killed 4 of my girls two weeks ago. A design flaw, they pushed the gate in on the chicken run. We have fixed the gate to now swing out, with a sturdy 2x4 to stop it from ever giving way to the dogs and swing in. I was pretty upset that it cost me (and them) so dearly. I love "my girls"! Today, I will be buying a pair of Silver & Gold laced Wyandotes, White Leghorns, Mottled Java's, and Buff Orpingtons. I am so excited - I love getting the different breeds, they have such unique personalities, behaviors, and attributes! My goal is to have 20 - 24 hens, mostly brown eggs. I want to barter eggs at the Farmer's Market for produce. But honestly, I would do it just to have the ladies, they are so sweet, I just love the sound of them, so calming. Backyard chickens are a GREAT hobby, and make great pets!
  7. debshutts

    debshutts New Egg

    Oct 18, 2012
    Lampasas, TX
    Hi, we have purchased from Hill Country Poultry and were really pleased. We purchased 5 Rhode Island Reds and 5 guineas. All were very healthy and grew well. We lost a few due to critters and our rotten dogs, but the ones we still have are all happy and healthy and laying well! We would, and will, buy from them again.
  8. LampasasBocBoc

    LampasasBocBoc New Egg

    Jan 31, 2015
    We bought from them last fall and had good success with their birds. I called over there today and found out that business is now closed.

    I am looking for some more starter chicks (8-10) and a good rooster. We live north of Lampasas. Anybody know a good poultry source around Lampasas?

  9. Teepov

    Teepov Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 21, 2012
    Austin, TX
    Has anyone found a good replacement for Hill Country Poultry? Ever since they went out of business, I haven't been able to find any places that carry more than just basic breeds of chicks. I'm not looking for super rare varieties, but they used to have all kinds that no one else seems to provide...

  10. craigd34

    craigd34 New Egg

    Jul 7, 2012
    I bought 18 from there a few years ago. 4 each from 4 different breeds and 2 silkies.. They all were similar in age (7-10 weeks) and the employee methodically got each bird by hand and managed to get all hens just like I requested.. All birds were healthy and happy until my dogs got them last year. I was happy enough to plan a second trip back and replenish my flock, but just found out they went out of business. The only other place I found in central Texas was the hatchery in Paige (northeast of Bastrop).
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