Which (if any) of the National Hatchery's Sell Show Quality Chicks?

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by Bantam Lover 2020, Jan 24, 2019.

  1. Bantam Lover 2020

    Bantam Lover 2020 Chirping

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    Here is my HUGE list of breeds:

    (One hen of each is more than enough for our flock.)

    Easter Egger
    Blue Ameracuana
    Cream Legbar
    Frost White Legbar
    Olive Egger
    Silver Laced Wyandotte
    Golden Laced Wyandotte
    Blue Laced Red Wyandotte
    Welsummer
    Speckled Sussex
    Black Copper Marans
    Blue Copper Marans
    Blue Cuckoo Marans
    Blue Splash Marans
    Golden Cuckoo Marans
    Buff Orpington
    Blue Orpington
    Lavender Orpington
    Jubilee Orpington
    Swedish Flower
    Barnevelder
    Buff Chanteclers
    Salmon Faverolles
    Blue Andalusian
    Sicilian Buttercup
    Golden Laced Polish
    Buff Laced Polish
    Silver Laced Polish
    White Crested Blue Polish
    Black Sumatra
    Silver Spangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben
    White Sultan
    Silver Spangled Hamburg
     
  2. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Chook Snuggler

    In general, no. Most hatcheries do not pursue SOP, instead opting for mass production rather than breeding selectively.

    That said, Cackle is probably the closest you can get. Their Old English Game bantams, Welsummers, and French Marans seem to be quite good. I've also heard wonderful things about Cackle Spitzhaubens. If you go digging a little, they claim to offer/have offered exhibition-grade OEGBs and Silver Laced Wyandottes.

    I get most of my bantams from a tiny local hatchery called Eagle Nest, owned by Ohio's top poultry show judge. Wonderful quality.

    Just curious: what do you mean by, "bantams won't lay such a wide shade of eggs?" Are you referring to colored eggers, such as Ameraucanas?

    ~Alex
     
  3. AMERAUCANAS4REAL

    AMERAUCANAS4REAL Crossing the Road

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    I'm afraid you can't get show quality from hatcheries.
     
  4. AMERAUCANAS4REAL

    AMERAUCANAS4REAL Crossing the Road

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  5. Bantam Lover 2020

    Bantam Lover 2020 Chirping

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    I've been hearing but do not know if it is true or not that Bantams don't lay as dark eggs as the Standard size of chickens. Or like with the Welsummer are not spotted?
     
  6. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

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    Bantams are hard to get to lay certain egg colors. Most breeds were originally taken down in size by breeding into Nankins or other true bantam breeds who all lay white eggs.
     
  7. ButtonquailGirl14

    ButtonquailGirl14 Crossing the Road

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    Green fire farms are good quality, but not show quality, even if they say so.
     
  8. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

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    Some of their breeds are good breeder quality like their bantam Barnevelders and their LF Ixworth.
     
  9. Acre4Me

    Acre4Me Crowing

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    Most of my current flock came from Eagle Nest, we’ve been really happy with them! We also bought their meat chickens in the fall, and they were delicious!
     
  10. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Chook Snuggler

    :highfive: Have you tried any bantams?

    Those super roasters certainly get inundated with shining reviews. :)

    Living 15 minutes away happens to be unbelievably dangerous....:he It will be even more treacherous if I end up working there. :rolleyes:

    ~Alex
     

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