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Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: bblwi] #6741593
01/23/20 07:35 PM
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Originally Posted by bblwi
Sunnyside Hatchery out of Beaver Dam WI provides chicks for many firms selling in our area. We have bought from firms selling their stock for 6-8 years and have done very well be it show chickens, heavy roasters, layers etc.

Bryce

Im going to check them out!!! Thanks


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Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6741596
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we have good hatcheries close to me...im just wondering what you guys have had that were good foragers

Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: west river rogue] #6741662
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Originally Posted by west river rogue
we have good hatcheries close to me...im just wondering what you guys have had that were good foragers


Dominiques and Fayoumis are supposed to be pretty good at both foraging and evading predators. I got my first of each this summer so i don't really have an opinion just yet.

Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6741674
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had them years ago,they were great foragers

Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: west river rogue] #6741894
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Originally Posted by west river rogue
Last flock I hatched were mixed from a neighbors eggs.....worst foragers and biggest gluttons I ever had. My rhode island reds and barred rocks were good foragers.
looking for good foragers now
In the philippines we kept native chickens similar to jungle fowl and could fly high and roosted in trees at night. Took little feed.

Did you bring any of those jungle fowl back with ya?

Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6741898
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I've used Ideal, McMurray, and Welp.... with never any DOA. Oh and Holderread's is top notch for waterfowl. I'd also not hesitate to order from Sandhill Preservation.

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Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6741911
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Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: Munderf] #6741912
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Originally Posted by Munderf
Originally Posted by west river rogue
Last flock I hatched were mixed from a neighbors eggs.....worst foragers and biggest gluttons I ever had. My rhode island reds and barred rocks were good foragers.
looking for good foragers now
In the philippines we kept native chickens similar to jungle fowl and could fly high and roosted in trees at night. Took little feed.

Did you bring any of those jungle fowl back with ya?

no

Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6759013
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Originally Posted by 330-Trapper
White Rocks

Sapphire gems

Hmmm


Patrice?


Sorry I have been missing all the good stuff, 330! I absolutely love the chickens I have gotten from Murray McMurray hatchery in Iowa. I have ordered chicks from a few other hatcheries, but none even came close to the McMurray chicks - and as strange as it sounds, they have been consistently better in temperament than any others! They have been calmer and better adjusted from day one. I don't really know if there is a genetic component attributed to good breeding or merely gentle, careful handling upon hatching, but it has been a marked difference for us.

Even the world famous Daisy, the beauty queen, came from Murray McMurray. (She asked me to post these photos here.)
Here she is at 3 days old on June 1st, 2011

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And here she is on her 8th birthday, May 29th, 2019. She laid a few eggs at her convenience last year too.

[Linked Image]

Yes, she will be 9 years old this year. She expects a nice party.
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Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6759120
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Daisy is looking good for 9 years old.

Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6759150
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Murray McMurray. I rarely loose a chick to anything but wild critters. I have lost up to 60% when bought from local sources.

Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6759595
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Well thats a Beautiful Fluffy chick ..and now a happy Beautiful Bird !!

She'll need a spec cake in may!!! wink

A Good Reference for M. Mc Murray! Too!

Thanks for the Post Patrice!!!

Scott

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Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6760174
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I just looked them up, Scott, because I have never seen one. They sure are beautiful! I found this:

https://www.backyardchickens.com/reviews/sapphire-gem.11837/

I wonder if those are the same as the Blue Sapphire at Murray McMurray?

Let us know when you get your new chicks!
Patrice


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Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6760188
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Everyone has an opinion and here is mine:

I've ordered from McMurry several times, and have always been happy. They usually send an extra chick or 2 as well. I've ordered from Meyer a couple of times, and have not been impressed. The last batch I ordered from Meyer, I had 8/25 survive. The reason was Merricks. I called and complained, Meyers said the chics were vaccinated for it-as I paid for the vaccination-but you shouldn't lose more than 1/2 of your order imho. I've also ordered from Schlecht Hatchery in Iowa for some meat chickens. I ordered 50 from them and was very happy.

Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6760226
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I would say mcmurray, hover, or if tactical.20 suggestion welps in Bancroft is closer then use them the faster you can get them the better, but if your looking for a lot of big eggs I would look at the hybrid duck the mcmurray sells, other might as well, we live closer to mcmurray and can drive to get them so it worked best for us.

Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: Patrice] #6760458
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Originally Posted by Patrice
I just looked them up, Scott, because I have never seen one. They sure are beautiful! I found this:

https://www.backyardchickens.com/reviews/sapphire-gem.11837/

I wonder if those are the same as the Blue Sapphire at Murray McMurray?

Let us know when you get your new chicks!
Patrice

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Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6760625
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"The Sapphire Gem is a sex-linked hybrid created by a breeder in the Czech Republic. It is a hybrid that contains the Dominate Blue gene and is known for being a good layer of large brown eggs. They do best in warmer climates and are close to the Old Andalusians"

Do any of you have these in a Climate like Minnesota?


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Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6760664
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Most feed stores order chicks several times during the spring. Just stop in and fill out an order form. This is nice as they will stay warm in the store until you get there to pick them up.

Oddly enough the small white leghorns do well here in MN. And are laying machines. If you want something other than white eggs, about any of the "Reds" do well also.

I really like the Barred Rocks, too. A big bird and always have been super mellow and quiet. On the other end of the spectrum are the Orpingtons. Big and beautiful but loud and annoying. My last couple Buff Orpingtons went on a field trip and never returned.

IMO, people get too engrossed in the special breeds. This wears off fast. A few months down the road, you'll look at them all as just a bunch of dumb chickens running around.

Many feed stores have an order section for kind of a Pot Luck kind of breeds. You'll get unspecified mix of birds. It's kinda fun I've found. I don't even look at the breed names anymore. Just see what they turn into kinda thing.


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Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6760715
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I think its fun!

I order a new breed every two years. I just sell the layers after the new chicks start laying!!!

Good Tips Calvin! Thanks


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Re: Ordering Chickens- Best Hatchery? [Re: 330-Trapper] #6760763
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Saphire gems are out

Warm weather bird...not good for Mn.


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