What is the temperament of these pearl leghorns
They are very active and "flighty". Most white egg laying breeds are high strung.
When do you sell the older chicks (a5 to 22 weeks) and how much do they cost. I will probably need 8 to 10 and want them to be good egg layers.
We currently do not have any available. Please check back later for updated availability.
How are the Pearls in cold weather? I live in North Carolina.
They are very cold hardy, and tolerate the heat well too.
Are the pear white leghorns flighty?I had browns and couldn't keep them in my chicken yard.. they flew up into my trees
Yes, all leghorn varieties are flighty.
Why can't we order the amount we need. We just have room for five
The minimum order for baby chicks is 25 or 15 depending on the time of year. We have the older birds (15-22 weeks) that will be available later in spring that do not require a minimum. https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/started_white_leghorn_pullets.html
How long do they lay eggs
They typically lay well for the first 2-3 years.
Are pearl white leg horses broodie, do they sit?
No, the leghorns are a NON setter. They are very active birds.
How long will they lay?
All hens are most productive their first two years before slowing down in production rates.
do you pinion the chicks, if so theprice for each chick ?
The cost for pinioning is 55 cents per chick. There is no option online for pinioning, so it can only be requested by phone.
I would love to try some Pearls. I am sure they are as good as "billed". I am in a very cold climate (Colorado mountains) and am concerned about comb frost bite. How can that be prevented? How bad is it for the bird? How well does this bird look out for itself (compared to the R.C.?
The white leghorns do have a large comb. You can coat the comb with vaseline to help prevent frostbite. They are active and do well with ranging, but white colored birds tend to attract preditors.
What age do they start laying?
Pearl White Leghorns generally begin laying at 15-18 weeks of age.
What is PEAC and what do the other acronyms stand for?
The PEAC refers to the males. P is for pullet/female, S is for st. run/unsexed, and the C is cockerels/males. So when a customer places their order we know which sex they are wanting.
BEST strain of White Leghorns !I have been raising chickens for more than 55 years, currently have approx. 1,200 chickens, and have been ordering from McMurray for about 30 years. I have ordered from many commercial hatcheries, and McMurray's bloodline of commercial White Leghorns are the VERY BEST I have ever had. The WL's I got from a large, well-known hatchery in Texas were sickly and cannibalistic, too. Those 15 birds did not make it past 3 months old. So I ordered 10 Pearl WL pullets and 2 Pearl WL cockerels from McMurray in February, 2015. They all arrived as very strong, healthy chicks - and I have not lost a single one of them, 2 years later. These are SUPER-DUPER birds. These birds are not mean towards people or my other chickens; some are actually a bit friendly. The hens have been very good year-round layers of truly large to extra-large white eggs, with good shell quality. A lot of hatcheries claim their hens lay "large" eggs, and I have found that McMurray has one of the few HONEST ratings, when describing their birds - especially when it comes to egg sizes. Out of about 850 hens, the "Pearl White Leghorns" are among my very best performers, EVER.
Amazing Egg LayersFabulous layers of HUGE white eggs. They are also very healthy and hardy. I was expecting them to have terrible dispositions, but mine are not extremely flighty and one is actually among my most docile, tolerant chickens and even lets children pick her up and pack her around. All around, I'm pleased with them.