We purchased 5 Australorps from a breeder in the Hills area who not only gave us immature birds (we had agreed upon point of lay birds and were sold birds that were supposedly 2 - 3 months old and based on what our vet told us we seriously doubt they were even that) but also has failed to take any responsibiblty for the poultry sold who have failed to thrive and been sick with an E. Coli infection and subsequant kidney failure since soon after we got them and required vet visits and medication.
This is just a warning to all those other new comers out there - be careful when you buy your new birds, make sure you get what you asked for and if you don't feel comfortable when you see the birds don't buy them.
Welcome to WAP walker4. It sounds like you've had a very bad exerience and I hope that you have some luck with them soon. It is good advice to see where the birds are kept and as you said, if you don't feel comfortable, don't buy them.
Welcome :(Sorry to hear that ,It gives us chook people a bad name I agree with Shea ,any chook can get sick with a move to a new home (sensitive creatures ) But if they don't look healthy and well cared for don't buy! Also its very hard for new to chook people . They cant tel lthe age and we all tend to believe what we are told ,its our nature. I heard of a few people lately being sold the wrong breed .I can imagine a mistake being made on chicks but adult hens ?? There seems to be a trend of people creating there own breeds also New breeds or the first in Australia some have been told .Not likely as new stock cant get into Australia . Research your breed and what it looks like ,
Last Edit: Jun 9, 2010 7:02:49 GMT 8 by annieyokie
sorry about that where do you start if you do not know any breeders at all its a hard thing and unfortunately not all are what they seem to be I doubt you would have a problem with anyone from this site good luck Trev
Welcome to this great site walker4, as the others have said it is so disappointing to not get what you paid for and then for them not to take responsibility. Fortunately not all breeders are like that and are more than willing to help out with sick birds. Can you tell us what suburb you bought these birds from.
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Hi Walker4 and welcome. sorry to hear you had a bad experience. for future reference - point of lay birds should be around 24 weeks closer to 6 month than 2-3 months and wouldn't hurt to stock up on some sulpher based products to deal with gut infections.. chookens can be very sensative to moves and new soils so while they may look and be perfectly healthy at their old home they can soon become sick when they are relocated to a new property with different soils etc
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Post by whoohooraloo on Jun 10, 2010 9:28:49 GMT 8
Starting from scratch for the 3rd time in month I started hatching my own 9 mths ago but wanted at least two laying so we would have at least one egg a day. Ha, got 2 araucanna's didn't think to ask age or why selling. Got one egg every 3 days from one and a rubbery one once a week layed in the water bowl from the other. Now neither lay but seem to be enjoying their retirement at my expence. We live, learn and then make a different mistake. LOL
Post by Bassomussiesandsilversussex on Jun 10, 2010 22:39:31 GMT 8
Welcome to WAP. It is a great site. I too got some chickens from herne hill (not sure if this is where you got yours) and I was dealt pretty much the same deal as you. 1 of my chicks died and the others thank god are still alive, with only 1 out of the 6 purchased being a pure bred the others seem to be crossed and or a funny colour etc.
Good luck with your chicks. There are some great people out there with wonderful chickens and once you get to know them they will help you a great deal.
I would just like to add my bit to wayward breeder.
I purchased and had sent 1 doz Silver Laced Wyandottes from somewhere out wheatbelt direction. When they told me they were sent she said her Gold Laced was also in the pen and she hoped I didn't get any of her eggs!! I was a bit cross at this as I paid for Silver Laced!! Anyway, they arrived and I got 4 hatched and most were unfertilized ... I checked for a stamp to see if they bumped up the egg number out of a supermarket egg carton.
Out of the 4 hatched, only 1 looks like a silver laced. I have 2 black ones and a black and white flecked one which is going to be quite pretty but NOT a Silver Laced Wyandotte!! I now cannot be 100% sure the one looking Silver Laced will be pure bred. All 4 have the rose comb.
I can cop the unfertilized as this time of year it is a lucky dip, but everything else was dissapointing. I paid a good price for the SL plus the postage and any good breeder would ensure that is what I got.
So, look for x wyandottes for sale in the near future!
Hi Walker4, Sorry to read of your experience with the chickens lately. Seems from what I have been reading lately that this type of event is more common than some think. I read recently that one should be careful when order eggs by posts from a particular breeder as you may not get what you ordered and paid for, as well as reading similar outcomes to yours. I hope that you have better luck next time. I recently bought and incubated some fertile eggs. Have no idea what breed I have ended up with (i bought 4 breeds) and that is okay at the moment as I just wanted some chickens. I might try again and just buy one breed next time and keep them separate but only time will tell. Look forward to hearing much more about your trials of keeping chickens.
welcome to WAP! How disappointing and frustrating for you! That's a very good thing about this forum, you can ask everybody if they've heard about a particular breeder before you go there, that's what I did and I felt very much reassured. If someone has had a bad experience and doesn't want to post it in the thread they can always send you a PM to warn you. I hope you'll end up with healthy chooks!
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