Is there a hatchery that sells decent quality silkies?

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by steffpeck, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. steffpeck

    steffpeck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am wanting to get some silkies to use as broodies, I am not sure I want to hatch eggs for them. Is there a hatchery that sells decent silkies?
     
  2. penut1799

    penut1799 Out Of The Brooder

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  3. Funky Feathers

    Funky Feathers former Fattie

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    No, not in my opinion. You want quantity go to a hatchery. You want quality go to a breeder. [​IMG]
     
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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  5. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    The Silkies I got from My Pet Chicken did not survive. Within 3 months all 10 had died. Mine that I hatched from my own birds here at the same time were thriving and still are. My original Silkies came from a breeder. At 4 years old they are still doing great, as are the kids I raised from them.
     
  6. Mandymooligan

    Mandymooligan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am wanting some silkies also and it has been tempting to order them from a hatchery but I think I will just wait and buy a mature pair from a breeder when I can. None f the local feedstores had any silkies. What a disappointment.
     
  7. IwannaBEaMERMAID

    IwannaBEaMERMAID Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    From what I've read from many people, Ideal actually has the worst. Red combs, single combs, 4 toes, lack of silkied feathering, etc.
     
  9. Southerngirl

    Southerngirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cackle hatchery in Missouri has wonderful silkies and reasonable prices. I have used them for many years; here are some pics of mine
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  10. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    You could always buy culls from a breeder and they will still be better than hatchery silkies. Breeders always have culls because there is no way for a breeder regardless of how good their flock is can hatch 100% breeder or showquality birds. I think the rate was said to be 5 for every 100 you hatch will be showquality.
     

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