We did a personal visit to a local hatchery called "Cackle Hatchery" in Lebanon, MO.
They have a website if you would like to look them up online.
When we arrived, I was shocked to find the hatchery actually located in a downtown store building! I was expecting a barn or something! LOL!!!
But everything was clean and nice and professional. The lady at the desk was SUPER nice and helpful. Let us take our time... since this was our first time buying chicks as well. She offered us favorite recommendations... but there was 1 particular bird I DEFINITELY wanted!!!!
We ended up with:
27 chickens (although we ordered 25)
Road Island Reds
White Plymouth Rock
and 3 ducks (all they had of my particular breed at the time)
Fawn Indian runners.... although I think one is an accidental Peking. Hmmmm....
They are all 4 weeks old now, and are VERY healthy. We haven't had 1 cassualty so far. *keeps fingers crossed*
They were great on the trip home as well. I let the ducks crawl inside my coat, where they held still and laid down. FUNNY and TOO cute!!!
I just love them all!!!!
All in all, I think Cackle Hatchery was great and I will be buying from them again!