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.
I called the advice line before making my purchase. The lady I spoke with took her time and answered all of my questions. She gave me great advice. I felt so much better about becoming a backyard chicken farmer. I was confident in my breed choices and in my ability to take care of the day old chicks. I purchased 14 hens and a rooster. They are all thriving and I couldn't imagine life without them.
5 1/2 months later