My first order. What to do?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tadaen sylverma, Oct 8, 2014.

  1. tadaen sylverma

    tadaen sylverma Out Of The Brooder

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    Many years back we ordered from MurrayMcMurray. I have decided I am going to give meat birds a try again and am set on 15 Pioneers https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/pioneer.html. This decision was based on them being the only ones with a good outlook for being in stock when I order for the Oct 27th hatch + I will keep a couple of the hens for eggs and I think they are pretty. Rest go to freezer camp @ 12 weeks. I have a place for them to get feathered out then into the run with the other 2 we have. Other 2 arent laying to well so they may not be here for the arrival of the chicks anyway. I'm still looking for a feed supplier that can give me starter / grower in one bag. The simpler the better for me. This will be supplemented with yogurt and veggies occasionally, scratch when they are big enough.

    My first concern... Is mcmurray decent? This is going to be my first meat project on my own and I want to get the best I can. Looking for first hand experiences with them, else with other hatcheries that may be better.

    Second, is a starter / grower mix a good thing or should I do them separately, and if separately then how long do I feed the starter?
     
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  2. jtn42248

    jtn42248 Overrun With Chickens

    Murray is as good, if not better, than any of the other large hatcheries. Pick a supplier that is close to you to shorten (hopefully) any shipping time. Be sure you have everything ready for the chicks arrival and you should be just fine.

    Tractor Supply (if there is one near you) has a combined Starter/Grower that should work fine for what you indicate the purpose of your birds is. It will be fine for all of them and when the ones you keep for eggs are ready all you would need to do is switch to Layer feed.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    MMM is my hatchery of choice, although I have to say I've never ordered the Rainbows from them. They have great customer service and healthy stock.

    I think a combined feed is fine. It's got your higher protein levels and should make nice birds for you.
     

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