what hatchery do you prefer????????

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by Taylor, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. Taylor

    Taylor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 14, 2008
    OK, i know of several hatcheries, but which one is best? I need to choose one where they have the best layers and the cheapest price, which one?? post any pics too from your fav. hatchery
  2. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

    Nov 4, 2008
    Cross Lanes, WV
    there is a vast amount of information on here regarding the different hatcheries. Most hatchery birds will be good layers because that's what they're bred for... laying more hatchery stock. I think the quality of the birds from each hatchery varies depending on what breed you are look for.

    I have only ordered from Ideal in the past and I was pleased with their service and the quality of the chicks. They definately aren't the same as chicks from a breeder, but they were healthy and laid well.
  3. blueseal

    blueseal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2008
    i have only bought from cackle hatchery in 2009. i got cinnamon queens and golden laced wyandottes. the queens layed well there first year and now they are almost 2 years old and are slowing down wich is typical for this breed. my wyandottes did good they were really broody hatched some chicks with them. i plan on ordering white leghorns and ri reds this year from cackle. all in all they have healthy chicks.
  4. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    In my experience welp is a good hatchery. There prices are good and stock is lively. Ive had bad experinces with mcmurry getting unhealthy chicks. Pretty much to compare I ordered from welp and mcmurry and the welp came all healthy with no dead and extras while the mcmurry chicks came half dead with me loosing another 6-7 the following 2 days. The sent me a 2nd box with replacements but they didn't do that well.
  5. farmerlor

    farmerlor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I like McMurray. They've always sent me good healthy birds that have laid early and laid many eggs. I like Ideal because they have pretty good customer service, good healthy birds and possibly just a little bit better quality on some breeds of birds. Once I started breeding for good show birds (for the 4-H clientele) I quit buying from hatcheries but it's been my experience that these two hatcheries had the best prices on the good shipments of live birds.
    Gotta tell you the Easter Eggers from McMurray are the best birds we've had for laying. They're pretty, lots of color, great green, pink and rose eggs and they lay earlier than any other birds (again just my experience). Nice friendly birds too. I don't know who is supplying MM with their Easter Egger hatching stock but they're doing a pretty good job of choosing breeding stock.
  6. Taylor

    Taylor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 14, 2008
    Is Ideal the hatchery that has the top line barred rocks bred for egg laying?
  7. jarcoo0153

    jarcoo0153 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2010
    Levelland, Texas
    I prefer Ideal, All my birds have came from them. They are healthy and are fantastic layers! I have always received extras. Which usually turn out to be roosters, but they taste good!
    Best Laying Breeds I have from Ideal,
    White only White Leghorns
    California White Leghorns
    White Rocks
    Production Reds
    Barred Rocks
    Buff Orpington

    Marans and Naked Necks are O.K
    Marans lay a brown egg with a gold tint. not very dark.
  8. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    I have ordered several times from McMurray. The chicks have all arrived on time like promised. Very Healthy and all survived to wonderful adult layers. I am getting an order ready for them this year as well. I hope who ever you decide on, you will be very pleased.
  9. team edward

    team edward Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2010
    Amarillo Area
    I order from privett and have never had a problem [​IMG]
  10. terwelpbantams

    terwelpbantams Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 10, 2010
    I order from cackle because they have breeders that supply them with eggs, they dont have a huge farm with low quailty birds.

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