Hatcheries, Day Old Chicks

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  1. HappyDancin'
    "Hoover's Hatchery"
    Pros - Very lovely birds. Right on time! Great labeling & packing. Good customer service. Good prices.
    Hoover's really impressed me! It was my very first hatchery experience, I was scared, reading many failed hatchery shipments. Nervous that I would receive a box of dead babies, I emailed and called Hoover's, as well as calling the post office (again, only because I was nervous...there were no problems leading to my phone calls).

    The chicks were all in there - with no extras (I hear other hatcheries do that... I would have no complaints about receiving an extra little chicky or two ;) haha). There was a nesting mat with the nutritional goo for them. The birds were shipped on a Wednesday (from Iowa) and I received them that Friday! (in Colorado)

    The baby chicks arrived beautiful and healthy, and they still are (now they are 3 weeks). Hoover's will probably be who I order through in the future (though I plan to hatch my own, so I may not hatchery order again)
    Purchase Price:
    15 chicks for $62
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  2. HoneysuckleHomestead
    "Murray McMurray"
    Pros - Fast shipping, Healthy Birds, Great Selection, Reasonable Prices, Great Customer Service
    Cons - Minimum Order Requirements, Any extras are roos
    I ordered from McMurray on June 21st with a shipment request of the week of the 25th. They sent me a "hatched & shipped" email on the 27th, and I received them on the 29th. Bear in mind it was in the high 80s/low 90s that week, ALL SEVENTEEN were alive, and still are. I ordered 15 Wyandottes, received 1 free, and also 1 free rare exotic chick (a Dominique, I believe).

    They will be 3 weeks old tomorrow and all are very healthy, eating/pooping well, and VERY lively. We shall see how they do from here on out, but so far, they've been great little chicks.

    Only downfall, is that they will sneak in a few extras here and there, and they will usually be roos. I ordered a certain # of pullets and roos, so good luck with a straight run. Other than that, I would definitely recommend them and order from them again.
  3. kMamaHen
    "Chickens for Backyards"
    Pros - Healthy chicks; order accuracy; shipping date accuracy; excellent customer service; small orders; reasonably priced; rare breeds.
    Cons - None, really, although I wish the two extra chicks had been listed on the packing slip, just so I had a clue about one of them.
    Healthy, thriving, accurate order:

    This was my first order of chicks - received right on schedule a box full of healthy chicks, all alive, beautiful, healthy.

    As of 6.5 weeks old, they are still thriving, all appear to be the breeds and genders I ordered (plus two extras that were sent - one might be a Cream Legbar that I didn't order but who is absolutely stunning; the other was an extra Buff Orpington). Haven't had to contact customer service, but when I was putting together my order and asking questions, they were Johnny-on-the-Spot helpful.

    I was nervous about my very first chick order, and my hatchery options were limited since I just wanted to order a few from specific breeds. Having seen positive reviews from the folks at backyardchickens, I gave it a shot; and I would definitely place my order here again.
    Purchase Price:
    $70, including shipping and Marek's vaccine, for 4 chicks (plus 2 free extras), including an OE and a BCM.
    Purchase Date:
    12/4/17 with 4/2/18 hatch date.
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  1. jgoodwin77
    We just got a few in from Idealpoultry.
  2. springvalley123
    Privett Hatchery (and a big box farm supply store that gets their birds there)--
    I have bought ducklings and chicks from a store who got the birds from Privett Hatchery in New MExico (I live north of Phoenix), and all survived and thrived. I also ordered 25 chicks from there. They shipped exactly when they said, and shipped the breeds and sex (pullets) that I ordered (no mistakes). They only shipped 25, and one arrived dead, so they promptly credited my credit card. Previously they answered my question as to which breeds had single combs (since they might not be breed standard), which was a help.
  3. rlhagan56
    My Pet Chicken get their chicks from other hatcheries as I understand it. Cackle Hatchery has been wonderful to us. Year after year they send me healthy, strong chicks that they raise themselves. Their customer service is the best I have had! I have ordered 8 different breeds from them and all matured into beautiful birds.
  4. OilyChick
    I was about to order from Cackle hatchery! AND OEG's too..but won't be doing that now. Thank you for posting
  5. MamaWalker
    I love this hatchery! I bought my orpingtons from them last year and have another order on the way. They are friendly, great communication & I'm super pleased with the birds.
  6. CherriesBrood
    I'm sorry I got the name mixed up, It's called Chickens for backyards hatchery
  7. jmandawn
    Nothing but Kudos to Murray McMurray. So far they are batting 100% for us with two orders and are shipping to Alaska.
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  8. beetandsteet
    Ideal is a great hatchery. You are right, they breed for production, not necessarily show quality. All my "Ideal" chickens have been healthy, with great livability, and their offspring have had fabulous fertility (always nearly 100% on my hatches). People who do want show quality should purchase from a breeder.
  9. jillscoop
    Paul Smith is the best quality you'll find anywhere. $10.00 is very inexpensive for his birds. After you see a hatchery mutt bird up against one of the show birds Paul and Angela raise, you'll never be happy with a mutt bird again. I have a few of his birds and I would have gladly paid twice as much for them.
  10. MeeMa Brown
    My experience with MPC was fine. 5 months and no health problems.

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