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)
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.
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.
$70, including shipping and Marek's vaccine, for 4 chicks (plus 2 free extras), including an OE and a BCM.