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Re: Flock management

Post by rick » Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:10 pm

Well done Marigold. The situation as you describe it - even I may have had to come to the same conclusion!
Perfect start for you new hens too.
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Re: Flock management

Post by Marigold » Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:14 pm

Plans to re-stock with new POLs on hold ATM. I don't know what has happened at Chalk Hill Poultry. Their website isn't working, neither is their email address, their phone isn't ever answered, just has a very old message saying they're out of stock and will have new pullets in March, and the message bank is Full. Facebook page hasn't been updated since November and messages are not responded to. It doesn't sound good - I hope nothing terrible has happened to them. I shall be really sorry if they've closed down, their poultry was always very special.
So I've spent the morning on the phone to other reasonably local suppliers, who are all experiencing high demand at this time of year. I'm looking for at least one CLB or similar blue/green egg hybrid, a Leghorn and 2-3 various hybrids. Blackwater Traditional Rare Breeds has all its CLBs and Leghorns reserved for collection by Sunday, but will let me know what they have left after that. I now have an appointment on Friday with Suzie Baldwin at Hollywater Hens http://hollywaterhens.co.uk . Anyone know about them? I'll let you know how I get on.
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Re: Flock management

Post by dinosaw » Tue Mar 06, 2018 2:10 pm

Retail is having a terrible time at the moment Marigold, a lot of businesses go bust around now when the quarterly rent and vat bill becomes due, you've just seen Toys R Us, Jones, Maplin go bust, though Jones has been bought. The website not working is a bad sign as it suggests that they have stopped paying for it.
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Re: Flock management

Post by Marigold » Tue Mar 06, 2018 2:46 pm

Yes, it's sad - but for independent poultry breeders and suppliers the start of March is the best opportunity to get a surge of income from selling the POLs they've been growing on all winter. I've contacted several specialist breeders this morning, who all seem to be gearing up for a particularly busy weekend which will help to keep them afloat whilst their Spring hatches grow on. Assuming they hatched chicks last Autumn, the only profitable way to dispose of them is to sell them ASAP.
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Re: Flock management

Post by Icemaiden » Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:28 pm

[quote="dinosaw". The website not working is a bad sign as it suggests that they have stopped paying for it.[/quote]

Not necessarily... My company website & email were taken down illegally last year by Heart Internet (owned by the same company as "GoDaddy").

They demanded money from me to reinstate them, & then after I paid up, they said I couldn't have it back because they'd deleted it all. It cost me thousands, lost me a lot of custom & I had to shell out for a new website too.

It could be that Chalk Hill's domain registration wasn't renewed on time. I hope they're still trading.

Surbiton Poultry used to stock Chalkhill's birds. Could be worth ringing them to ask what's going on?
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Re: Flock management

Post by Marigold » Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:48 pm

Icemaiden wrote:[quote="dinosaw". The website not working is a bad sign as it suggests that they have stopped paying for it.

It could be that Chalk Hill's domain registration wasn't renewed on time. I hope they're still trading.

Surbiton Poultry used to stock Chalkhill's birds. Could be worth ringing them to ask what's going on?[/quote]

Interesting - they're still advertising Chalk Hill Blues and Pearls as in stock. I've messaged them as you suggest, though Surbiton is too far for me to get to. Chalk Hill could still let people know what they had via Facebook, or even answer the phone!
That's dreadful, about your website. So sorry. Was there no way to get the police to prosecute them for fraud?
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Re: Flock management

Post by Icemaiden » Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:50 pm

I've been advised that I can take legal action against them, but needed to focus on getting a new website up & running first, so that people looking for glass fusing & stained glass courses can find me again, to start money coming in again.

I will need to take action against them; I can't afford not to. :-)06
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Re: Flock management

Post by Marigold » Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:26 pm

Thank you for the suggestion about contacting Surbiton Poultry. today i got a message from Simon there, who says that Nick is working single handed at the moment and hasn't been able to sort out his computer and phone problems. It sounds as if he's too busy looking after his chickens to be able to sell them. It was too far for me to go down on the off chance, its a 3-hour round trip, so today I bought 5 new POL hybrids from a farm only 20 minutes away. Nothing fancy, but should lay well. I expect they'll be posting on the Forum once they're had the chance to register as members. I've just been persuading them that this strange green box in the run is actually for sleeping in. Lesson 2 will be on the uses of the perches inside!
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Re: Flock management

Post by Icemaiden » Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:08 pm

For a moment I thought you meant that the farm down the road were going to register with the forum. Then I twigged that you're making your new girls sign up rather than letting them get their claws on your computer.

Are you buying them their own flaptop? ;-)
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Re: Flock management

Post by rick » Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:45 pm

They are really lovely Marigold! That fine lacing on Violet, you didn't say what she is? Great mix of colours, very individual. I'm just about getting to tell our youngsters apart by their combs without looking at their rings. Nice to be able to tell the apart from the beginning.
By early summer you'll be making a lot of omelettes! :)
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