Where to get small quantity heritage birds?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Country Parson, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. Country Parson

    Country Parson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am planning on getting some heritage turkeys, but I noticed several hatcheries require minimums higher that I would like. Anyone know where I can acquire 4-5 heritage poults? I live in Ohio
     
  2. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
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    From a local! Look in the auctions here or ol CL this spring. You will find some but this is the wrong time of the year.
     
  3. ShadyHoller

    ShadyHoller Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you don't find a local breeder, you can try reserving birds ahead of time at your local feed and seed store.. Most local feed stores around here do a big hatchery order, where they cover the shipping cost, on the hope that people who buy chicks/poults from them will also end up buying feed and other supplies. This last year, I called up our local independent feed store, and they added the birds I wanted to their normal order. They gave me a call when the poults arrived, and everything was peachy.
     
  4. HallFamilyFarm

    HallFamilyFarm PA ETL#195

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  5. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:For 4 to 5 you will have to get them from a local breeder. I think somebody here must get a comission from Kevin Porter since they mention him in just about every post but he has a min. order of 15 poults so that isn't going to help you unless you have a market to sell the ones you don't want.

    Steve
     
  6. HallFamilyFarm

    HallFamilyFarm PA ETL#195

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    Quote:For 4 to 5 you will have to get them from a local breeder. I think somebody here must get a comission from Kevin Porter since they mention him in just about every post but he has a min. order of 15 poults so that isn't going to help you unless you have a market to sell the ones you don't want.

    Steve

    Wished I did get commission. My thought was OH/IN might make a nice drive. It is always better to buy local, if possible. Several hatcheries will sell less, but the quality may be lower.

    Steve, can we add you to our breeders listings? We recomemnd Kevin so much because he is about the only Heritage Turkey hatchery that advertises. We are trying to get a complete breeders listing so we can help those jsut starting.

    S and S Poultry: http://www.sandspoultry.com/turkeys.htm

    We raise 6 different varieties of turkeys, Royal Palm, Bourbon Red, Midget White, White Holland,

    Standard Bronze and Beltsville Small White Turkeys. We offer hatching eggs, poults and

    started turkeys on a limited basis.​
     
  7. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I visited that web site the other day. It's really a wonderful guide to heritage breed turkeys.

    I vowed I would NEVER type that URL again into my browser, nor click on a link to it -- just too dangerous. I can't have any more turkeys than the six I have right now. It could be a real addiction for some -- "I want ...., I want ...., I want ..."
     
  8. MovieFanz

    MovieFanz Out Of The Brooder

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    Cackle is taking orders now. http://www.cacklehatchery.com/turkeypage.html

    Turkeys
    can be used to fill the minimum order of 15 chicks (standard size chick, peafowl chicks and rare breed chicks). Shipping is included in the on line price.


    Porter has the largest selection of Heritage turkeys in North America from what I read recently. Before it was Sandhill. Sandhill also lets you combine turkeys and chicks to get your minimum order.
     
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2010
  9. HallFamilyFarm

    HallFamilyFarm PA ETL#195

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    Quote:Cackle birds are shown and occasionaly win in the smaller shows.

    Another good source for Exhibition Turkeys is Duane Urch, MN. Don't know if he will mix species in orders. Have a few friends that have ordered from Sandhill.
     
  10. PineappleMama

    PineappleMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    All the above ideas... and you could also try putting a CL ad asking if anyone else nearby wants to go in with you on an order of poults... split the shipping costs and all. Or even go ahead and order the min yourself and sell off the extras once they arrive to the people who didn't want to order the min.
     

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