Mcmurray~Positive experiences wanted~

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by amaliayosa, Mar 13, 2008.

  1. amaliayosa

    amaliayosa Songster

    Okay everyone, we have been hearing from quite a few people about their negative experiences with MM. I received 29 chicks Tuesday from them, and while I lost 3 within the first 48 hours which I understand is'nt all that unusual (one was doa) the others seem to be doing really well!
    Only thing is this is my first time raising chickens and I am a nervous wreck as it is, and my anxiety has been further fueled by these 'horror stories' i've been hearing here, and honestly I feel it has prevented me from allowing myself to bond with these chicks!
    So bottom line, Ive heard the bad, and would really LOVE to hear some positive experiences with MM, the 'other side' just to help me put my mind at ease.
    Thanks guys!

  2. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Songster

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    I've been nervous too. I have some in an order with another person coming from them in mid April. This woman has been ordering from them for many many years. What part of the country are you in?
  3. amaliayosa

    amaliayosa Songster

    I'm in North western NC, the Blue Ridge Mountains, we are actually close to the VA and TN borders.
    It was cold here while the chicks were in transit, and the morning they arived (in the 20's) wouldnt ya know it is warmed up now (60's during the day) anyway they were also delayed a day due to the snow, I imagine, so over all not a bad loss considering.
  4. Chickaree

    Chickaree In the Brooder

    Jan 29, 2008
    I got Mcmurray chicks and they are great. Three weeks old and going strong. [​IMG]
  5. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Songster

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    Cool! I'm in CT so it is still quite cold here. Another few weeks will help I hope!
    I have a friend in Burnsville NC. When she talks about the mountains they sound so beautiful!
  6. yankeemtfarm

    yankeemtfarm Songster

    Sep 13, 2007
    OK Ill stick my neck out here.
    I have seen a little McMurray bashing around here.

    I will give only my personal experiences with McMurray.

    starting in 2004

    1 Ornamental Layer collection None lost.
    2 25 Broad breasted turkeys, 1 lost in shipping.
    3 25 RIR. None lost
    4 25 X rock 1 lost after shipping.
    5 Brow Egg Layer collection. None lost
    6 25 Mixed turkeys. 2 lost in shipping.
    7 25 X rock. None lost.
    8 Brown egg layer collection,20 barred rocks straight run.( barred rocks were not the best upon arrival,all but 2 lived.

    I just ordered 75 new chicks from McMurrary.
    50 layers, 25 X rocks.

    I will post here when they arrive in April-May.

  7. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Songster

    Jul 21, 2007
    I've only ever ordered from MM and I've had no really bad experiences with them. I've gotten 3 orders of 25 various Rock varieties over the past 2 years and have had one chick from each order die. They all died within 3 days of arrival. MM always put a few extra in with the orders so I always still had the numbers I wanted. I'm expecting an order of 50+ from them on Monday so I'll let you know how that goes.

    I know this may not be a popular opinion, but my feeling is that if a chick does not survive the shipping she may not be thrifty to begin with. I'm not talking about chicks that die from a problem at the hatchery or being shipped in bad weather, but there is always a mortality percentage - even with chicks that are hatched in an incubator or naturally. A chick that is not strong may have problems later that I would rather not deal with. All of the chicks that I have gotten from MM have grown into strong, healthy adults that produce well. Also, I've always only ordered females and have never had any mistakes with sexing from MM.
  8. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    I received 27 chicks on Tuesday. I lost 2 yesterday. The rest are doing well.
  9. thechickman04

    thechickman04 Songster

    Feb 22, 2008
    Cumming, Georgia
    i ordered 25 chicks and recieved 27 chicks

    5 delawares

    5 barred rocks

    5 partridge rocks

    5 SLW

    5 brahmas

    and all arived alive and they are all still alive so i a m very happy
  10. yankeemtfarm

    yankeemtfarm Songster

    Sep 13, 2007
    Quote:Popular opinion and "mother nature" for lack of a better word,usually dot not agree.

    Broody hens will cull there own if left alone.
    I try to help every chick that is before me, but if you look into chicken history only the strongest and the best survived.

    While we think that every chick we order should survive, that is playing with the laws of "mother nature"

    If you look at most hatcheries web sites long enough you will find they do not guarantee better than say 75% survivability.

    There are allot of factors involved in shipping chicks, if 1 goes wrong the chicks may be good to go,but if 2 things go wrong well then you have problems,then if 3 problems arise during shipping ,including a poor hatch, you have very weak chicks or worse.


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