Schlect hatchery rocks!

chicks4kids

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This is the 2nd year that I've ordered from them. The first year, I ordered 50 meaties. They sent 51 in a 2 sided box and I had 1 fatality. They grew out really well, and I didn't have any problems with their legs giving out so this year I ordered 50 again. When I received them this morning I immediately scanned the new 4 compartment box for any trampled or weak babies. Not a single one!!
That new box really keeps 'em close and safe-12 to 14 chicks in a section. So I began counting...two, four, six--54 total!! So excited that even my Xtras made it!!

I just had to brag alittle bit
I'm so excited about no dead babies!! I gave the 4 extras to a cochin that's been brooding on an empty nest for almost a month now. So now we're both happy
 

chicks4kids

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Quote:I just feed the 24% starter. Then after 2 weeks, I take it away at night and give it back to them in the morning. I put vitamins/electrolytes in the water for the first week just to help out any that had a rough time during shipping or may just be weak from hatching. Then after about 4 weeks, they go outside in a pen that is on grass and moved daily. They still get feed, but I don't need to take it away at night because since there are no more heat lamps at this stage, they tend to sleep at night instead of eat
 

happydog

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Nov 22, 2009
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I ordered my very first batch of meaties from Schlects too, after reading someone else's glowing recommendation. I split an order of 50 with my extension agent. They sent 51 and I was a little disappointed. I was hoping for a couple more extras.

But I was blown away by how heavy and healthy and vigorous they were. They just hit the ground running and never slowed down. I didn't lose the first one. (except for the dog's indescretion
) I never gave them any supplements.

I just butchered the last ones today. Today I'm sick of chickens and glad they're in the fridge. But I'm sure going to order another batch from Schlects next spring!
 

booker81

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Apr 18, 2010
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I got my order of 40 from Schlect's yesterday - same nifty box, and I even pulled out the straw matting to put in their pen over the shavings. I got 42 of them, every single one is thriving and active. VERY happy!
 

booker81

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Yup on the prices. There might be someone out there with better prices for CX including shipping, but I'm not sure - I didn't find them. I like the quality as well. They're still going gangbusters, all active and healthy. I was ready for a couple of downers but nothing at all. I can't spot a single weakling.
 

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