Thinking about chickens specifically ameraucanas

Discussion in 'Beginners Forum' started by ahoffmann44, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. ahoffmann44

    ahoffmann44 New Member

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    I'm living in Pittsburgh as of now and I was hoping to get three ameraucana hens from day old chicks, though I've heard you can only get those in large quantities? I was also wondering if they were winter hardy or if not what breeds would be ok in Pittsburgh weather with only 3 hens? Im very new at all of this and although I've been grazing the Internet I value experience much more. Also what is everyone's favorite hatchery?
     
  2. kahiltna_flock

    kahiltna_flock New Member

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    I can't help with the favorite hatchery since I bought mine all locally. I have an Americana and a couple EE's. mine are very cold hearty, I live in Alaska. I actually like them the best since they don't have large combs and waddles to worry about getting frost bite.
     

  3. BuckeyeChickens

    BuckeyeChickens New Member

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    Welcome & Greetings from Ohio....the Buckeye state!!!
    I'm talking the "Buckeye Chicken" NOT the worthless nut!!!

    I'd recommend finding a reputable breeder rather than using a hatchery....it really depends on your goals and objectives! If you intend to breed them down the road hatchery stock is NOT in your best interest.:)
     
  4. ahoffmann44

    ahoffmann44 New Member

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    WOW in Alaska? I'm sure they could handle Pittsburgh then! :D
     
  5. ahoffmann44

    ahoffmann44 New Member

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    Buckeye thanks for the advice! Though I haven't found any breeders here in pa with ameraucanas :\ do you know of any out of pa worth the drive?
     
  6. 7chicks

    7chicks New Member

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    I get all my chickens locally. Feedmill a half hour from my house is able to order as little as one chick to 6 month old pullets. They order from a hatchery in Wisconsin. My Ameraucana I just got from a friend end of Sept. and this is her first winter. She does just fine as the rest of my girls. I live in Upper Michigan where it does get quite cold for the winter.
     
  7. BuckeyeChickens

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    There is the hatchery route....Meyer in Polk, Ohio isn't too bad of a drive from Pittsburg, PA;

    http://www.meyerhatchery.com/productinfo.a5w?category=Chickens&grd_prodone_filter=PRODUCT%5fID%20%3d%20%27BAMS%27

    The Ameraucana Breeders Club is the first place I'd look for a breeder in my region or places i'm willing to travel to for birds;

    http://www.ameraucana.org/BreedersDirectory.htm

    Check Eastern Ohio as well as PA when looking at their breeder directory, too! ;)
     
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2013
  8. killerfamilyfarm

    killerfamilyfarm New Member

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    Why is hatchery stock not good for breeding? Sorry I'm brand new to the whole chicken thing :)
     
  9. Kilbourne9659

    Kilbourne9659 New Member

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    Wyandottes would ve my choice for chickens that can stand cold weather.
     
  10. doubleoakfarm

    doubleoakfarm New Member

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    Hatcheries are good for pets. They are not the quality you want if you every intend to show them or if you are interested if preserving a certain type of bird by breeding them. Hatchery birds are produced on a larger scale and they are not picky about how the birds compare to the APA standard of perfection. But like I said they are very good for a backyard flock if that is all you want.