I had my feed store order things I wanted from them since they were they store's supplier. I told them to call me as soon as they arrived which the feed store did. I bought 3 Buff geese, and a few breeds of ducks. Well 2 of the geese and one of the ducks never grew and always had nasty poop and died.
I then went and purchased from Metzer since I was not getting into the Privett mess again..... what a difference! Not only in size but health as well.
I think Privett might produce lesser quality since they are busy cranking them out to suppliers and they should stop using dye on the chicks and ducklings at Easter time! Those are an impluse buy that suffers later!
On Mar 6, 2007, ZippyLokie03 Monte Vista, CO wrote:
I dealt with Privett Hatchery some time ago and was happy about some of the ducklings I received and not so happy with others. I wouldn't go through Privett Hatchery if you want to use them for showing. I did 4-H for a while and did really well with one of my males because he was easy to handle. But as a Blue Swede he had the rust color on his chest, therefore I lost in best of breed. As pets they were great, but they weren't show quality.
I think we have had two dealings with Privett, once I am sure of. We ordered Americanas last fall from them. We aren't as pleased with the growth or variety as we have been from another supplier (who did not have them available at the time). Also, they were shipped a day later than we expected, so we were concerned when they didn't arrive. Called Privett and they didn't tell us when they were shipped, just seemed nonchalant and told us to not worry.
The other time is when we got broiler chicks and another breed through Welp's Hatchery but I think they came directly from Privett's. That time we only got 99 broiler chicks instead of 100+ we usually get when we order 100, but they were the biggest chicks ever. BUT, they were also the laziest broiler chicks we have had. I would not want those broilers again. If I am incorrect about the Welp's-Privett connection, please correct me and I will rewrite the post to omit the broiler comments.
I am giving a neutral rating because I have had dealings with another hatchery that was much worse both in customer service and in broiler quality and would not put Privett in that same class.