My Personal Hatchery Test

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by Plainfieldpoultry, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. Plainfieldpoultry

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    After reading a few of the posts on which hatcheries to use and which to avoid, I decided to put it to the test. We wanted to add to the flock and get a jump on next years 4H poultry show, so we made a want and quantity list. I placed 4 orders all on the same day, July 30th, by internet and following each hatcheries listed availability, one order each to; McMurray, Cackle, Ideal and Natures hatcheries. They all had similar availability lists and I told each of them that I wanted the chicks the week of Aug 8th thru the 11th. MM, CK and ID all had very reasonable shipping costs, while Natures had rather expensive charges. MM, CK and ID all sent immediate order response emails and it took Natures 3 days to confirm the order. On Aug 6th I called each of them to check on ship dates, MM, CK and ID all were very pleasent to speak with and confirmed thier orders would be shiped Aug 11th. After 3 phone calls and 2 emails to Natures, a very kirt sales person called and left a message that part of the order could not be filled and that the rest would sent the following week, with even more shipping charges for a very small order (17 chicks). I tried twice more to speak to someone and sent 2 more emails, after no response, I cancelled the order by phone again by leaving a message. I did receive the other orders on the 12th and 13th, with CK and MM each sending 2 bonus chicks and ID giving us a 10% discount for being in 4H. The chicks were all alive and appear to be very healthy as well as the corect breeds and colors. I know a lot of people in the 4H club really poo pa the hatchery chicks, but who has the time and money to drive to show after show and or get a hold of this breeder or that breeder. We bought our first batch of 4H chicks from a hatchery in April and came home with 4 Best in Breed, 4 Blue ribbons and 7 Red in July at the 4H fair and we only lost one chick at 6 weeks old. I hope my test helps anyone looking to make a hatchery order. As a note about the chicks arival, I did call the post office and tell them they were coming, because the day before and the day of the arival it was 96 degrees outside with a heat index of 105. Upon getting them home they were given Grow Gell, I also add Vitamins & Electrolytes from TSC (2 tsp per gallon) to thier water and then they were given ManaPro Chick starter for the first 2 days and then moved over to 24% Chick Starter by Dumor, also available from TSC.
     
  2. Chickanmanfromarkansas

    Chickanmanfromarkansas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I too want to put the hatcheries to the test. By looking at shipping charts Murray McMurray is way higher on them than Cackle. The only thing about IDeal if you do not order at least 100 there is a $7.00 small order fee, and if you do not order at least 25 of each breed or sex there is another $1.00 per breed/sex.
    One of these days when I can get the money together I'm going to order some from all three at the same time.
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    It would be nice to have enough room to be able to get that large of an order!!!
     
  4. kipper

    kipper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Very interesting. I was not impressed with Nature's Hatchery "customer service", so I didn't go with them. I live in the nW so I use Privett (via Welp) and have been happy. We usually get gouged on shipping because of our location.
     
  5. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Well as they grow out let us know witch are closest to SOP- you did mark them...

    I mean we already know what places send alive chicks... we need to know how close they are to what they should be.
     
  6. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I'm glad you were happy with your hatchery orders and I'm glad your kids did well at the fair.

    I will say this tho in regards to the placings at the 4-H fair.....I've seen what kind of birds win at the 4-H fairs around here. Not even close to APA standards 9 times out of 10.
     
  7. suzettex5

    suzettex5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think an interseting 'side test' would be how many chicks that make it are the correct sex per your order.

    I only thought of this because I got more roo's than pullets from my feed store chicks this year, and they came from the hatchery supposedly sexed and supposedly 90% female. Yeah....all the crowing tossed that percentage out the window! [​IMG] Unfortunately most of them are bantams, so not much meat for eating, and not alot of demand for them as breeders around here, so I'm kinda stuck with them. I dont mind them since they are so cute, but they eat feed and dont produce.

    Be interesting to see if anyone else had that issue this year. Most came from Ideal, and one other local to CA hatchery.
     
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  8. Chickanmanfromarkansas

    Chickanmanfromarkansas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think an interseting 'side test' would be how many chicks that make it are the correct sex per your order.

    I only thought of this because I got more roo's than pullets from my feed store chicks this year, and they came from the hatchery supposedly sexed and supposedly 90% female. Yeah....all the crowing tossed that percentage out the window! Unfortunately most of them are bantams, so not much meat for eating, and not alot of demand for them as breeders around here, so I'm kinda stuck with them. I dont mind them since they are so cute, but they eat feed and dont produce.

    Be interesting to see if anyone else had that issue this year. Most came from Ideal, and one other local to CA hatchery.

    I've never seen a hatchery that will sex bantams at all. I'm sure if those were bantams you bought then they weren't bought as sexed pullets. If they told you they were then they lied to you. :[​IMG]
     
  9. downstownlady

    downstownlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought from NH and had a bit of a problem getting ahold of anyone there...until one of the phone calls left me an ext. Then I was able to get ahold of them. I ended up with an extra Rooster and only 1 EE hen which is kind of a bummer...but she sure is a pretty thing. I appreciate the heads up on your experience! I think I will probably go with another hatchery next time...from what I understand NH gets their's from IH. I don't know for sure.
     
  10. CarrieW

    CarrieW Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Pet Chicken sells sexed bantams.
     

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