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A previous neighbor had chickens and told me he bought them through mail order, which seemed a lil strange. Who sells mail order chickens?

post #2 of 31

Ideal hatchery, Cackle hatchery,  McMurray hatchery, Mypetchicken.com, theres alot more....but check these out first. wink

post #3 of 31

Large hatcheries and some private sellers. Do a search of the board. McMurray, Privett, Meyer, Moyer, Ideal, Welp.....

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Apparently my grandmother told me that her mother used to get chicks mail order. Have they really been shipping chicks for that long?!?!?

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Apparently, the first documented shipping of baby chicks in the mail was in 1892. By horse and buggy, of course. But the process really took off when private "parcel  post" was created in 1913.

Try this for a quick story;
http://www.howellfarm.org/farm/animals/chicks/chick_article1.htm

Fascinating!

-MTchick

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Which of the hatcheries have yall had the best luck with? I am considering "expanding" big_smile my flock next spring and just wondered which is the best to go with.

11 - Black Sex Link Pullets, 4 - Rhode Island Red Cockerels, 5 - White Leghorn Cockerels, 3 - Barred Rock Cockerels, 6 Araucanas pullets, 3 - Rosecomb Bantam hens, 2 - Bantam Roos, 1 RIR Pullet, 1 - Ameraucana pullet, 1 - Black Giant hen & 1 - Chinese Crested Dog
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11 - Black Sex Link Pullets, 4 - Rhode Island Red Cockerels, 5 - White Leghorn Cockerels, 3 - Barred Rock Cockerels, 6 Araucanas pullets, 3 - Rosecomb Bantam hens, 2 - Bantam Roos, 1 RIR Pullet, 1 - Ameraucana pullet, 1 - Black Giant hen & 1 - Chinese Crested Dog
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post #8 of 31

I've used Ideal with no problems and have been happy with their service and they are really polite.  I'm sure everyone has either had a positive or negative experience with just about every local and national hatchery.  Whether they are family owned or operated or if they actually brood and hatch the chicks there, or bring them in from local breeders everyone has their own opinion.  You will just have to start calling around and speak to the different companies to decide which one is right for you.

I can tell you that Stromburgs and Murry McMurry are middle men so to speak and do not hatch the chicks on the property.  They get them from local breeders.  That is not saying anything bad about them.  Some places breed them on site and some do not.  These are just the ones that I personally am aware of.  Best of luck to you on your decision and let us know how it goes for you.

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"Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral.” - Frank Lloyd Wright

 

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any other mail order places to mention?

anyone have any problems with any of them, or have any recommendations?

I'm about to place an order for some chicks but will still have my eye out for some older hens locally.

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Wintertime or not, order from the most reputable hatchery that is closest to you.  Less travel time is less stressful on the chicks.

If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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