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Murray Mcmurray Hatchery

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by zackcrack, Jan 20, 2016.

  1. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to the world of Faverolles!

    I am not familiar with MMH's Faverolles. You should post pictures of them as they grow. There is a Faverolles thread here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/268082/faverolles-thread/16390
    We would love to see what you get.

    For giggles a couple of years ago I raised a few Meyer (I think) Faverolles chicks along with my breeder birds. The Meyer chicks were decent for hatchery stock. Only a few with smutty beards, most had decent type. A definite improvement over the awful colored pullets in the past. They were half the size of my breeder pullets however. Not surprising since hatcheries concentrate on egg laying instead of the whole package. The pullets weighed around 4 lbs, while mine were closer to 7-8.

    Faverolles can be difficult to breed. I know you are just trying to improve on what you get for local fairs, so I hope you don't mind a little advice on trying to select your breeders. If any of your chicks have side sprigs on the comb, or extra toes/nails, you can remove them right off. When your chicks are 4 months or so old you can pick out your keeper pullets. If you can, select the ones with the cleanest fronts and beards, as well as the widest heads and bodies. Tight wings of course, and preferably good toes if possible.

    Cockerels take forever to mature and will likely look messy color-wise for months. Being hatchery stock hopefully they will mature faster than mine. Similar to pullets, select the ones with the widest heads andbodies and good wing placement. Try to pick ones that have the mahogany color that extends all the way to the tail (it will help prevent getting 2-toned pullets later). Clean fronts are preferable as well (no red/silver bleed through on the front).

    And after time if you decide you want to keep breeding Faverolles, and want to move onto APA shows, then see if you can find some breeder stock to add to the mix.
     
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  2. zackcrack

    zackcrack Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow! Thank you all so much! I've read they should have five toes, is this correct?
     
  3. wamtazlady

    wamtazlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My free exotic was a buff laced polish cockerel. Grandson fell in love with him so we've kept him. He's alpha rooster now.
     
  4. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, they have 5 toes and white skin. Ideally they should look like this

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    If any chicks have extra nails or toes, or less than 5 toes you should automatically remove them. The toes don't have to be perfect. A judge won't toss out an otherwise nice bird because it's feet aren't a textbook example.

    The pullets should have a nice even salmon color. It can range from light to dark.

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    And a clean front for both sexes

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    And some past breeders

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    Another thought to include. When you are ready to hatch try to do so as early in the season as possible. If you hatch late your birds may end up on the smaller side regardless of genetics. I usually hatch mid March-late April. Because of last year's bad winter I didn't start until mid June. As a result they are smaller than usual. I'm sure the breeders being coop-bound for 3 months didn't help.
     
  5. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    Beautiful birds!!! My MMcM Favorelles were very nice, especially for hatchery stock, but as you mentioned, smaller than ideal. They were all sweet and gentle souls, not best in my mixed flock because of being so mellow. The cockrel moved to a neighbor's as an only cock, and my best hen lived to about nine years of age, and raised several broods for me. Mary
     
  6. zackcrack

    zackcrack Out Of The Brooder

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    Folly's Place, I'd love some pictures if you have them. I'd like to see what I'm working with :)
     
  7. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    Sorry, I've been looking for pictures, and so far none have turned up. As I recall, they weren't as totally fluffy as keesmom's birds, but close. Mary
     
  8. zackcrack

    zackcrack Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! I figured the fluff would be easier to improve than the colors, so that's good news. :)
     
  9. poodlechicks

    poodlechicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have just placed an order for 15 chicks from the ornamental layer collection w MMcM.
    I thought I'd only raise orpingtons and now I don't even know what breeds I'm getting. I passed on the free mistery chick for the fear it might turn out to be a roo. I've had my fill of getting roosters when ordering chickens.
    Wish me good luck as I enter the crazy chicken lady world [​IMG]
     
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  10. austrolover1

    austrolover1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck!!!!!:D
     

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