Recieved my 100 Broilers and a pic of their house

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Acre of Blessings, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    Which hatchery has the best buy for the best bird. I am ordering this afternoon so I have time for your input.

    Pic at the bottom of page
     
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  2. Poler

    Poler Out Of The Brooder

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  3. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    i did McMurray and also Mt. Healthy. my Mt. Healthy's were cheaper and they sent a ton of free fryers. also, no DOA's from Mt. Healthy and arrived faster.

    McMurray's were great too, in a second order, 7 out of 12 meaties were DOA...other breeds fine. it was probably just 'one of those things'. all the others are thriving like crazy.

    in the end, i would do Mt. Healthy again, simply because of the freebies. i think they actually even sent some free pullets! have to wait another week or so to find out!
     
  4. AussieSharon

    AussieSharon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2007
    Virginia
    Personally I live Privett Hatchery and they are often a little cheaper
     
  5. UncleHoot

    UncleHoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ordered a batch from Meyer (www.meyerhatchery.com) and was pretty happy. If you order 100, you can probably get them for less than $1 each, including shipping. It's hard to beat that. However, I'm not sure if it was the time of year, weather, or if it was the birds that I got, but you might want to plan on giving them an extra week. It took mine 8 weeks to dress out at 5 to 5 1/2 lbs average this spring, which is about 1 lb less than my cornishX's from townline hatchery (www.townlinehatchery.com).
     
  6. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    YOu all are making it hard on me to decide. Townline, McMurray and Mt. Healthy all have great prices. I have to wait until morning due to the fact that my husband took the credit card with him and the hatcheries were closed by the time he got hom [​IMG]

    Well that gives me more time to shop. [​IMG]
     
  7. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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  8. UncleHoot

    UncleHoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Sure, make the OP even more confused. [​IMG]

    I've got mine scheduled for processing in about 3 more weeks. I'm hoping that the slower growing nature of the Rangers will mean a better tasting bird. Regardless, they sure are a lot more pleasing to look at.

    We ate a cornish that I just had processed last week. I swear the chickens are getting tastier every batch. [​IMG]
     
  9. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    Just ordered my Broilers. I ended up going with Meyer Hatchery (thanks Uncle-hoot). They wound up having the best price and the representative was very nice and helpful with the questions I was asking.

    100 Srtaight Run Broilers= $86.00
    Gro-Gel Packet======== $04.00
    Shipping & Handling==== $21.00
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    Total Cost====$ 111.00 Not that bad, if you ask me. I am happy with the total. [​IMG]

    I will receive my order on Oct. 1st and hopefully will be processing around the 22nd of November. Just in time for our family's Thanksgiving/Christmas Dinner. WOOHOO! Gonna see the reactions of family members when they bite into a juicy homegrown chicken [​IMG]

    Thanks for all the input and I think I am ready for this. PC< I am gonna try and rig up a plucker similar to the one you made to try and make that part easier.

    My next question is.....What is the best and easiest way to kill the bird without a bunch of jumping around by the bird?
     
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  10. UncleHoot

    UncleHoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Best way to kill might be putting the bird into a killing cone and slitting its throat. But, that's just what I've heard. I haven't done it myself. Others here can better answer that.

    Homegrown chicken is THE BEST, in my opinion*. But depending on who you talk to, some folks don't seem to have a firm grasp of the situation. A friend of mine wanted to raise some turkeys for Thanksgiving, and surprisingly, the reaction she got was, "Well, I guess we could eat one of your turkeys... [but we'd rather have a Butterball]" Some people seem to think that homegrown is inferior to factory-farmed. It boggles my mind, but such is the mindset.

    *not just my opinion. I can't seem to raise these buggers fast enough, and my customers want more, MORE, MORE!!! I had one person tell me that they can't stand to eat store-bought anymore. I'm glad to hear it. [​IMG]
     

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