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ed I called California hatchery and all you get is an answering machine that says to email them. It took them a day to reply. They are in Rancho Cucamonga, about a 30 m-45 minute drive from my house, so, I asked if I could pick up the ducks since I was local. They said no, I have to order online and have them shipped. So I'm thinking that the birds aren't taken care of well, and maybe they're farm isn't clean, nice, etc. and that they might be doing some non-animal lover type things that someone from say, PETA, would be upset about. They also have a 3 bird minimum order, which sucks. I asked them another question and will probably have to wait another whole day for a reply. I like Metzger better. They reply to email very quickly, and are super knowledgable and helpful. I'm thinking of driving to the California hatchery location to see what the conditions are like there, and will report back on this thread what I find.
California Hatchery never answers an email, as far as I can tell. They are located not far from me and it would be convenient to pick up chicks rather than to subject them to USPS, but after multiple emails inquiring about getting chicks from them, I gave up. That was over a year ago.
However, for those in Southern California, AV Hatchery, in Lancaster, is a good option. I buy all the poultry for our small town's feed store from AV when I need a type that I do not breed myself. They reply reasonably quickly to messages left by phone and are always friendly and helpful.
They ship out hatching eggs beautifully packed in foam and I have had good hatch rates from these. Once, there were some cracked shells; the owner replaced them with extras the next time I ordered.
Shipped chicks have also arrived in good condition with extras as well. We have stocked chicks, turkeys and guineas purchased from them, and all have been healthy.
It is possible to pick up birds or eggs at the hatchery though they do not allow anyone inside the gate for biosecurity reasons.
Lastly, even though we are a small store and do not make huge purchases, they have always gone out of their way to supply any special request we have made. They have a website for online orders, but have more breeds than those listed, so it is worth the trouble to call if you have a special type in mind. I am not associated in any way with AV, but am a satisfied customer.