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post #11 of 17
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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
post #12 of 17
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But, Meyer gets you on the shipping. I used to purchase from Meyer, but this year they want $40 to ship me my birds. I got the same amount and breeds from McMurray for less money and only $17 shipping.
Wow 17 dollars is a excellent shipping cost! DO you know if that was for priority or for express ship? This year I paid 50 dollars to ship mine from Meyer. 17 dollars seems right at cost. They sure aren't making money on shipping. A few years back I had to ship a juvenile bird back to a breeder I bought it from. They charged me 75. to ship to me, shipping backd ACTUAL COST was 19.dollars! I was so suprised! That's when I learned most mark up shipping to a increased amount for profit. But it seems where you ordered from isn't doing that! That's a great deal!

 

Priority 2 day mail...for the same breeds, same amount of chicks, and same delivery time.


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post #13 of 17

If I remember correctly, MMM determines cost based on which state the chicks are being sent. I bet their website has some info on it. I do remember back in 2014 when I was trying to figure out which hatchery to use, MMM beat the others I checked on shipping cost to get chicks to me here in FL.

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post #14 of 17
Don't forget that the cost of the box was included in the shippng costs. Those boxes are NOT cheap!
Edited by enola - 2/23/16 at 7:17am
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.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. 

I would be shocked to pay $19 for express shipping. It's $22.95 to send an envelope express. Back when I shipped birds I charged for the exact cost of shipping plus the box. Shipping alone was never less than $45 to a nearby destination. The most was $300 for 2 large boxes of birds to the west coast.

post #16 of 17

 Hi,

 I agree with Keesmom. In 2012 I paid 100. to ship a Boxes for Birds 16 bird box ( rated for pigeons) divided in 3 sections for a trio of Light Sussex ( one cock and 2 well started   pullets) . 36. for the box and 100. shipping from MT to western PA. In Boxes for Birds sizing chart the equivalent of 2 birds holds one adult chicken. So this was a huge box, 36 inches long. I did it on purpose because I wanted the cocks tail to have plenty of room so it wouldn't get tattered and I wanted a box too big to get lost. Smile. It worked great. His tail was great when he got here and the box arrived 3 hours early. It was simply too big to get lost anywhere, smile.

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 Karen

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Walt Boese strain and Tewart flock of Pure English  Light Sussex

My flock now resides with Farmer Karl in PA.   

  I know he will do well by them. Karl is a knowing poultry man.

RIP Hellbender, my friend. Good friend, good heart, gone too soon.

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post #17 of 17
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I would be shocked to pay $19 for express shipping. It's $22.95 to send an envelope express. Back when I shipped birds I charged for the exact cost of shipping plus the box. Shipping alone was never less than $45 to a nearby destination. The most was $300 for 2 large boxes of birds to the west coast.


Wow Less then 100 miles backd to the breeder used the same box he was delivered in 19 dollars. I was shocked.
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