Most of us at one time or another have experienced losses with young poultry, but I think it is doubly sad when it happens through no fault of the poultry keeper nor "Mother Nature's Controls". This email was received today (Wednesday, April 06, 2011) and I have permission to share it with you.
"Many of our customers experienced losses this week. A postal truck was hauling 30% of our birds from our post office to a major distribution center on Monday and was pulled over for mechanical problems. The truck sat in the sun for 90 minutes before a mechanic could fix the problem. Due to this delay, these birds were dead by Monday afternoon, not 80 miles from here. Grogel would not have helped in this situation.
This has never happened before. Nothing was insured as normally the Post Office provides excellent service throughout the country.
We are getting many, many calls this morning. We hope customers are patient when they phone as there are only three of us trying to answer all the calls. We should be able to replace ducklings within two weeks. Goslings are another problem as some breeds are sold out of for the year.
If you did experience losses, please give us a call.
From the Metzer Farms Home Page:
"We specialize in waterfowl, hatching 17 breeds of ducks (Pekin, Jumbo Pekin, Mallard, Rouen, Khaki Campbell, Blue Swedish, Black Swedish, Buff, Cayuga, Welsh Harlequin, White Crested, Fawn & White Runner, Black Runner, Blue Runner, Chocolate Runner, Golden 300 Hybrid, and White Layer) and 12 breeds of geese (Embden, Toulouse, White Chinese, Pilgrim, Buff, Tufted Buff, African, Super African, French Toulouse, Large Dewlap Toulouse, Roman Tufted, Tufted Toulouse). We also hatch French Pearl Guineas, Eastern Wild Turkeys and Ringneck Pheasants. "
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