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Interest In Review Grid for Hatcheries

 
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Is there interest in an official review grid for hatcheries -- places to get baby chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, quail, guineafowl, peafowl, pheasants, and more?
 
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Yes please
 
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If there's enough interest, we can create a grid for it.  I think they like to have a number of review posts first and then when there are enough, the grid is created to link to them all.

So the first step is to create some awesome review posts about specific hatcheries.  The ideal format is to do a Summary Post that describes the hatchery, has their website, and covers general, non-biased information.  Then people, including the originator of the Summary Post, can "reply" to it with Review Posts that starts with their acorn score and continues on to describe their experience and how the company was to work with.

We have a number of these reviews in the Book, Nursery and Gear arenas.  I'm thinking the Nursery ones are the most similar.  Here are links to see what the posts look like and how to style them.  We can create templates/guides to show people how to make their Hatchery Review look like everyone else's if it becomes needed.

Seed and Plant Source Review Grid
How to make a Summary for a review thread
How to make a Review for a review grid
How to make your Gear Review really shine
 
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I built a summary page for Murray McMurray Hatchery. I'll get a review posted soon. If others want to add reviews of Murray McMurray or start other hatchery summary pages, let's just get started.
 
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Looks great Greg!  
 
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And I've added the first review of Murray McMurray.
 
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I'm thinking if we can get three hatcheries--preferably 5 hatcheries--and more than 1 reviewer, we can make the grid. I would love to see this grid happen, but I've never ordered from a hatchery, so I can't add to the review.

Thank you for this great start, Greg!

I'll try to mention this in the dailyish, too, to get more reviewers so we can get a grid going!
 
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Hmmmm, I'm wondering, should we expand this to include livestock breeders and livestock guardian breeders? Maybe it could be the "Review Grid for Hatcheries and Other Animal Breeders"?
 
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That makes sense to me.  It wouldn't hurt the hatchery portion to also have other critter breeders.  And while there are probably more hatcheries to fill out the list, several heirloom pig/cattle/dog breeders may make the list.  And they probably wouldn't be copious enough to warrant their own list.  Long story short, I'm up for that.

How about "Review Grid for Critter Breeders"  
 
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Nicole Alderman wrote:I'm wondering, should we expand this to include livestock breeders and livestock guardian breeders? Maybe it could be the "Review Grid for Hatcheries and Other Animal Breeders"?


I'm generally in favor of that idea so long as we shorten the name. I don't want any of us to have to write "I give this hatchery or other animal breeder 9 out of 10 acorns."

Mike Jay wrote:How about "Review Grid for Critter Breeders"


I could give a critter breeder acorns. It's cute, but in a permies.com kind of cute.

 
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Is there a way we can put the species in the grid? For example, Eureka Mohair Farm provides livestock guardian dogs and rabbits, neither of which would necessarily be evident just from the business name.
 
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Nicole will know this better, but I think we can put it in the title of the business at the left of the grid.  We can do that after the fact if we want.  I don't think we can sort the grid by critter, otherwise that would be a slick way to do it.
 
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Mike Jay wrote:I don't think we can sort the grid by critter, otherwise that would be a slick way to do it.


I think we're ok without sorting. Folks can do a search to find, for example, all the chicken places. Assuming all the reviewers spell chicken the same way.

Which made me think of this:

 
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Could it also list fish hatcheries and sources, for those of us interested / involved in aquaponics?
 
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Phillip Stuckemeyer wrote:Could it also list fish hatcheries and sources, for those of us interested / involved in aquaponics?


Sounds good to me. Are we all in favor of using the phrase “critter breeder”? If so, shall those of us who have written reviews go update them with the new phrase?
 
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Could there be a specific box for posting abroad, say, Europe, As3ua, Australasia?
 
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If you check out our seed/plant resource grid (https://permies.com/wiki/seed-reviews), you can see that it has the location of each place listed. Does that give enough information?

I tried messing around with the review grid, and as far as I know, there isn't a way to subdivide the reviews to make the ones from certain areas, or the ones breeding certain critters, are seperated from the others.

I even tried doing two review grids on one page, but only the first showed up. So, unless our awesome programmers can change the code (and they're often busy!), I don't think we'll be able to do that. BUT, if the critter review grid gets full enough, we can split off, say, poultry, so they have their own grid, etc.

Sounds good to me. Are we all in favor of using the phrase “critter breeder”? If so, shall those of us who have written reviews go update them with the new phrase?



I think critter breeder is great! And, if you want to change to the reivew to "critter breeder," that'd be super helpful! The review grid doesn't actually require a specific phrase, but it helps with other seach functions on the site. If you don't have the edit button available any more on that post, we can turn it on for you by using our "Training Wheels" button. Just moosage me or reply here if you need it!
 
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I added a couple of hatchery pages because I want to know about them. Please add your reviews so we can get the critter breeder grid published.
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With all the different genus & species, I think if they are all on the same grid, it has the potential to get pretty confusing, especially if there end up being more than 3 - 5 sources reviewed for each. Maybe one for poultry, one for bovine, one for goats, alpacas & llamas, and one for swine?
 
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My hunch is that they'll want to do one grid for all critters at first.  If it gets too big or hard to visually sort, we can split up into multiple grids later.  They don't want to make grids if there isn't any content so it's probably more likely that we'll get a bovine review if it's open to all.  Then once more cow reviews come in it can warrant its own grid.  At least that's my prediction/understanding.
 
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That's my thought as well, Mike. So far, we've only got two different critter breeders that have been reviewed, and we've asked for reviews for almost 4 months now. We just got enough reviews that I thought we could make the grid live. I would LOVE to have so many places reviewed that we have to split the various animal types into their own grids!
 
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Nicole Alderman wrote:That's my thought as well, Mike. So far, we've only got two different critter breeders that have been reviewed, and we've asked for reviews for almost 4 months now. We just got enough reviews that I thought we could make the grid live. I would LOVE to have so many places reviewed that we have to split the various animal types into their own grids!



Oh, my! I must have missed them! I don't have reviews to give, but would definitely like to see some, as we are moving into the market to make multiple livestock purchases.
 
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Here's the review grid:  Critter Breeder Review Grid
 
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