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ordering chicks from one hatchery and have them come from a different one

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How common is this?
So i was looking for some new laying hens nothing too special but something a little less common then all the feed stores around here get. I had a few breeds in mind and found two hatcheries that carried all of the ones i was looking for.
Both hatcheries had about the same reputation. One was a little higher priced but was a lot closer so i ordered from them.
They shipped yesterday and i asked when they thought they would arrive. They said in two or three days. I mentioned i thought maybe it would be a day or two since they were so close. She said oh no they shipped from a different state. I thought that was a little weird but didnt ask anymore about it.
As i tracked my order today sure enough they left a city and state a lot further away. When i saw the address i remembered thats where the other hatchery was from.
So i ordered from one hatchery to have chicks shipped from a different one. No big deal like mentioned theyre just layers but i did spend a little more figuring it was worth it to have them travel a lot less and save them some stress.
I now wonder how often this happens? How do you know where theyre even coming from? Or exactly what hatchery your money is supporting.
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So they we out and accommodated your order from another hatchery. Probably happens from time to time. The hatchery probably does in reverse once in a while. . They probably give each other price breaks so they can both make money. .
If the chicks arrived healthy. .I'd just be happy with them...
Good luck with them
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Where did you buy them from?

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Id probably rather not name names but if you google chicken hatcheries the one i ordered from is in the top 5 that pop up i think. Theyre both pretty well known hatcheries and known as hatcheries not like a drop ship kinda place.
Ya i dont think its gonna be a problem and im not mad about it or anything. Like i said they seem to be about the same as far as hatcheries go and i would of expected about the same quality of birds from either.
It was just something new for me and made me curious.
Ive order hatchery birds quite a few times going all the way back to the 70s when you ordered a catalog in the mail, picked birds from it and snail mailed your order form and a check and waited for a letter or phone call for a shipping date.
Edited by bantamrooster - 5/26/16 at 6:28pm
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Hi so my baby chicks hatched today and yesterday I really want to hold one n I know you can't touch them wth your hand but can u use latex gloves
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Hi so my baby chicks hatched today and yesterday I really want to hold one n I know you can't touch them wth your hand but can u use latex gloves
Pick up your chick give few pets and loves and then put it down.. no gloves necessary. .
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Hi so my baby chicks hatched today and yesterday I really want to hold one n I know you can't touch them wth your hand but can u use latex gloves
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