Yes Im aware that their stocks are mainly imported stocks. And Im aware of the cost associated with it.
ALL ....not MAINLY. ALL imported stock. I'm VERY curious to know how you happen to be aware of the cost associated with the AvGen import, given that these costs have not been revealed to anyone? That makes me wonder who you might actually be? The costing for the Avgen import was totally different to that for the failed 2014 ARPIS import.
The original source flocks for the import were selected by Fred Hams in the UK. His name and his reputation are well known.
The birds are very healthy, and have been looked at by some of the top breeders in Australia, who have been assisting with selection. Birds are being selected by Avgen for selling mostly as Trios, so obviously some culling is happening.
Very obviously you won't be invited onto the property to look at these birds in person. Strict biosecurity measures are in place, as well as a considerable amount of intruder security.
As far as photos and communication with AvGen - there is some problem with extremely slow internet communication. many people in Australia are experiencing this problem at present. I could take photos of the birds I have here, but in general I prefer not to. I am not a good photographer, and my import birds are at the end of a breeding season, and looking shabby. If you are a member of the RPBA they have already done an article on the Crevecoeur breed, including photos of mine, and those from Avgen. They are currently working on an article about the Sumatras.
If you buy the next Australasian Poultry Magazine, there will be an article on AVgen imported Dutch Bantams, and more articles in the following months, written by Luke Price.
If you are on Face Book, you can join breed specific groups for Dutch Bantams, Derbyshire Redcap & Old English Pheasant Fowl, Crevecoeur, Scots Greys. There will be photos put up by purchasers of import birds over the next few months. The problem with discussing anything related to the import, on FB is that the threads disappear so quickly. You can follow AvGens home page on Face Book and ask questions there. I don't know if you have already done so, but as you are hiding behind an obscure name, it is hard to know.
I'm Jan Sparks, by the way, and I have had a considerable amount to do with the Avgen import, but I am not a partner in the import. I have some of the breeds here, and have been hatching chicks here over the past few months, and growing them on ready for Avgen to sell.
Any thing else I can help you with?
Correct me if Im wrong, on their facebook page, March 5 post
We now have our next generation of CREVECOURS, DUTCH BANTAMS and DERBYSHIRE REDCAPS available now @ $750 per trio. Please email email@example.com
Ani Trans are offering 3 cages for the price of two for delivery on their next run, please contact them directly to arrange transport.
All the birds are now free-ranging (on a roster except for the Dutch Bantams who are allowed to do what they want!).
SUMATRAS We are in the processing of sexing our Sumatras. These will be $2000 per pair or $3000 per trio. We have black and blue, priority will be given to those who emailed registered with us in the first instance and we do have quite a waiting list for this birds. We expect to be releasing the first birds in May.
WHITE CROAD LANGSHAN will be available in early June, these will be $1000.00 per trio. Lovely large birds with a beautiful nature.
OLD ENGLISH PHEASANT FOWL- these magnificent wee birds will be available in June - these are $900 per trio. These birds love to free range so would be ideal for farms or larger properties with plenty of space.
UTILITY LEGHORNS (non imported) $100 per trio, fantastic layers.
Please contact email firstname.lastname@example.org
with your real name.
As per above, utility leghorns are non imported. So I guess its fair to say not ALL stocks are imported?
Question: How do I happen to be aware of the cost associated?
Answer: I do not exactly know how much money is involved and it probably wont be revealed and I dont really care, but it is common sense that tells me considerable amount of money is involved in carrying out such tasks and I respect that.
Question: Wonder who I might actually be?
Answer: Just an ordinary person who happen to like keeping chickens as hobby like everyone else here. No-one special. Not associated with ARPIS, only knew about ARPIS and its ordeal a few weeks ago. Someone who's really interested to obtain stocks from AVGEN.
I dont know why some people get so defensive about this topic, we have threads on reviewing certain products like incubators, just sharing ones opinions and nothing about name and shame, so far all feedback has been good and its a positive thing for AVGEN.
Thanks for putting your name up, I dont really know who you are and I dont really care.
To me, if one runs as a 'company', one should at least have the courtesy to respond to requests/questions of his/her customers/potential customers, does not need to be a lengthy response. I am aware and understand that people behind AVGEN has other things to do e.g. day jobs, organising more imports, etc. I sent 2 emails, one on March 8, another one on March 15, still waiting for a response, or perhaps one that I will never get.