MyPetChicken seems to have the most suitable system for me. My area would require an 8 chick minimum, which is fine. I appreciate your help!
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I bought all mine from craigslist and had great success. look local to save on shipping and help out local economy. or at least BYC economy.
I got mine from healthychicksandmore.com The minimum is only10. I got mine last May. All arrived fast and healthy and have been very healthy since - haven't lost one. Also, the sexing turned out to be 100% accurate. They also have good customer service. I know because I emailed them about 10 times with chicken and order questions. Each time they were very patient with me, kind and responded withing a 24 hrs.
- Wanna-be Farmer
The reason for the minimum is so the chicks can keep each other warm, comfortable and safe. You wouldn't want just a couple small chicks rolling around in a box, cold. Ideal has a $20 minimum, but they will still send extra chicks in the box for their safety. I think MyPetChicken.com has a very small minimum, and I've heard that they box them differently for safety.
My first chickens were from my pet chicken and I got 4, I ordered 3 I believe and got one more They were packaged very well and all made it through shipment fine. They are VERY nice there as well.
Townline Hatchery has a min of 15 but will fill with xtras for potection. Just dispose of the xtras whem you receive. www.townlinehatchery.com
I ordered 10 from Ideal Poultry this past spring. I requested "No Males for Warmth". Because I really, really, didn't need a bunch of little cockerels running around! The 10 that I got all arrived alive, and all were female. (Of course, there is always a risk of a sexing mistake. I feel that I got lucky.)
If you do it that way, and have fewer chicks in the box, they require that you buy postal insurance on the order. It came to $1.65. So, don't be afraid of the mysterious insurance charge. It was cheap!
i got 22 yesterday from ideal i ordered 13 but peanuts where added and they all are great