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Dave    Posted 01-28-2003 at 21:06:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Have any of you had any experiance with Ideal Poultry in Cameron, TX? I am making my plans for ordering some chicks in a few weeks.


Lynch in E.TX    Posted 01-30-2003 at 03:18:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Didn't know about them..was fixin' to order some new birds from McMurray...might have to give em a try since they are "next door" (next door in Texas means within 400 miles). Their prices look real good compared to McMurray's. Lynch


Cindi    Posted 01-29-2003 at 04:04:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
That's where I buy my chicks. They are very freindly and prompt. However, it's not unheard of to get things you didn't order or to have back orders. What I mean is, you'll get your order, but you may find you have a chick or two extra, or maybe a little turkey or a duck. That's happened a time or two but I always looked at it as a bonus! Usually, if you give them a 'good' phone number where they can call you, cell phone usually, they will let you know before they ship if there is a problem. But I have never had any probelms with their animals being sick, arriving dead, etc.


Dave    Posted 01-29-2003 at 13:51:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I got a good deal on some galvanized layer boxes with perches today. 12 nests per box and I got 3 boxes for $45. He wanted $20 per box, but when I got there he said he'd take $35 for 2 or $45 for all 3. Can't complain about that!!


Cindi    Posted 01-29-2003 at 04:49:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
....also I have tried other poultry houses, they usually have the same issues as this one so half a dozen of one, six of the other, makes no difference.


Dave    Posted 01-29-2003 at 05:21:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks, I've never ordered chicks before. All I see around in my area right now, of the kinds I want, are pullets or roosters for $6-7 each. Besides the cost, I'd like to watch the kids watch the chicks grow up. I may find some chicks around here, but I want to explore all options. Their website says that they may add males to your order if needed for warmth. Maybe they just like giving little bonuses too. Like you, wouldn't hurt me feelings either :)

Thanks Again!!
DR


Cindi    Posted 01-29-2003 at 06:00:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
They're really cool to raise. Just make sure you have enough heat lamps for the amount of babies. You can get them even cheaper if you get straight runs (non-saxed) whatever they grab, you know. I ususally get all little hens and maybe a rooster or two. Now you got me thinkin' it's time to place an order!


Ludwig    Posted 01-29-2003 at 06:49:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I was a kid we'd raise quail from eggs one year, so a couple years later we got chickens. I was maybe 7 and saved all my birthday money for them. Order 25 because that was the minimum, got 35 because of some special deal. All but 1 were roosters. The one hen fell off a perch and broke her neck the first night we moved them from the wamers to the chicken house.
Ate a lot of chicken that year. The very next year the local feed store GAVE me four hens and a rooster because of my story.
Lemme tell you that five chickens are alot easier to care for than 30 if your 7 years old!


Dave    Posted 01-29-2003 at 13:42:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was planning on ordering a straight run of 50 or 75. I sure hope my hen to rooster ratio is better than what yours was ;).... I had planned on putting most of the layers in a house with an outside run and letting most of the roosters run in the yard, hopefully they will help with insects....to some extent...we plan on eating quite a bit of chicken next year. My wife loves chicken. I'm more of a roast or steak man myself. Soon as things start drying out a little we'll be adding calfs to our critter list.


Cindi    Posted 01-29-2003 at 15:41:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'll probably get lynched for this but I hate cows.


Fawteen - Me too!    Posted 01-29-2003 at 16:24:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
My Dad raised beef critters, and I got stuck doin' the chores. Bad enough I gotta be out there at oh-dark-thirty inna middle of the winter, but those stupid beasts were doing their level best ta kill me inta the bargain. Hate the sonsabucks. Wouldn't have one of them nasty critters on my patch if they was givin' 'em away with green stamps.

I don't eat enough beef in a year to say so. Little hamburglar once in a while, and mebbe 3-4 steaks in a year.


Cindi    Posted 01-29-2003 at 20:58:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nothing I like better than a nice fat steak but they're expensive. I don't like 'em enough to raise 'em myself tho. I have one cow right now and he is the bane of my existence. I absolultey despise him. He tries to step on me, leaves big piles of crapoli everywhere, jumps/knocks down fences, gets in the feed shed, head butts me and drools all over me. He comes when called by name so, basically, he never comes to me cause I never call the blasted ornery thing.


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