Which hatchery has the best laying strain of Barred Rocks?

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by Cowgirl71, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm wanting to add a few to my flock next spring to make my own sex-link chicks. Where do you recommend I buy them from? [​IMG]
     
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  2. draye

    draye Overrun With Chickens

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    I have White Rocks from Cackle Hatchery, they are good layers, mine just started laying about mid October so with winter here I get approximatley 12 eggs a week, with 6 hens. They do not have the best shelter yet, am trying to get that rectified tough.

    Most everything I have gotten from Cackle and they all lay pretty good, like I said they are young and with winter here it is a natural slowdown. I expect more come spring. I would imagine that their Barred Rocks are also good layers.
     
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  3. RAREROO

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:I had some from Cackle and they were good in their first year but kinda slacked off a little on me after then.
     
  4. enggass

    enggass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 that cam from Mt. Healthy. I'd say they lay 5-6/wk. Even now with little daylight and cold weather.
     
  5. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all the replies! So it sounds like Cackle is out. I really want hens that will produce well for two years or more. A couple friends of mine have BRs from Cackle and found they produced extremely well for the first year and then slowed way down for the second year.

    I'm already planning to get some RIRs from McMurray and WRs from Mt. Healthy, so unless another hatchery has far better BRs I'd like to get them from one of these two hatcheries.

    Enggass, how old are your BRs from Mt Healthy? I had to take a second look at your avatar photo, LOL. It's real cute! [​IMG]

    RAREROO, Tadkerson replied back BTW and said "No- I have not seen ( do not remember) any research about chick color in white rocks. If you want to make sex linked crosses buy some delaware- they work great."

    So I'll try some of Mt. Healthy's White Rocks and hope for the best! [​IMG]
     
  6. enggass

    enggass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think Mt.Healthy has a 25 chick minimum.
    I'm sure most hatcheries BR are pretty much the same.
    My pullets are almost 8 months or 32 weeks to be exact. I got them May 5th.
     
  7. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Enggass! Mt. Healthy's minimum is 15 if you order all of one breed. If you order a "Create Your Own Mix" then the minimum's 25. [​IMG]

    Has anyone else had Barred Rocks from Mt. Healthy or McMurray? [​IMG]
     
  8. enggass

    enggass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The reason I only have 2 is that I bought mine as 2 day olds from a local feed store. The told me all of their birds come from Mt Healthy in Ohio. I also got 3 RIRs that are great layers, but not true RIRs. The color is very production. Nice birds though!

    Going forward I am going to hatch my own eggs from breeders... More of the rare breeds, dark egg layers and such.
     
  9. kera!

    kera! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you only need a few tht will lay consistantly for years i would get from my pet chicken.
     
  10. blueseal

    blueseal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:last i knew you can order 5 of each breed you want to reach the 15 miniumum from cackle. i ordered spring of 2009 from cackle. unless they have changed since then.
     

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