You have to compare what you get with shipping, plus look at everything else to get a total cost. Some add costs for other things, like picking different breeds instead of all the same breed. Just looking at “shipping” in isolation is comparing apples and oranges.
If someone is shipping only six chicks this time of year they are probably going to use special packaging and will probably add some chemical warmers. Special handling costs more. Insurance costs might be higher too.
I have not used them so I can’t comment on them. Reading that review it sounds like they are not a hatchery themselves but “drop-ship”. MyPetChicken and others do the same. They use different hatcheries and have special deals with them. In that review it sound like they are using Cackle but if your chicks would come from Texas they might be using Ideal.
I don’t know what the shipping routes are from that Texas hatchery (probably Ideal) and your post office. In general you want those to be as direct as possible. They will probably fly so they may get there faster than from a closer hatchery. It’s all in the shipping routes. Most of the time these shipments come in just fine but occasionally there is a glitch, especially if you get a snowstorm or some bad weather. Also avoid ordering where they will be shipped at a holiday. Complaints of bad shipments go up on here at holidays.
very good point made. also Express and priority come into play although I'm not sure what the differences are.In my case I was talking about my breeder shipped in a regulation animal box. no heat. I was charged 75. dollars. Shipping back same box same bird same way was 19 dollars so I do know sometimes shipping mark up does happen. shipment was less than 80 miles. it was quite obvious I was taken to the "cleaners" by this breeder. However she wasn't a major hatchery either. The hatchery is still LESS than what she charged, more birds, eXpress ship, and a whole LOT farther too!
Edited by realsis - 2/23/16 at 6:42am