Pros - Awesome services, try to fill your every requests as best they can, sex baby chicks better than any other hatcheries, are true to breed.
Cons - Very expensive
I love Backyard chickens hatchery! If you read the pros you'll see why, iv ordered chicks three times from them, and just ordered another batch that should be here in two more days! Backyard chickens is by far the best hatchery I think is out there, the only problem I don't like is their costs currently. Now I don't remember the costs ever being like this before, but this time I ordered I paid 50+ dollars for only 3 baby chicks including shipping!!! I love their hatchery, but I hate their prices! Their baby chicks come healthy tho which is good, and they guarantee a refund for any dead bays chicks so many days after they come in the mail, or something like that.
Cons - Gives you roosters as extras, if you order hens, you will mostly get roosters.
Okay, so my story goes like this: It was April 2014. We had just picked up our first chicks from a feed store. They were 4 Black Australorps. We still have them, and they are very tame and laying well. Since we had a good first experience with chickens, we decided to order 4 more hens from Mcmurray hatchery. We ordered 2 buff rocks (not Buff Orpingtons) ,one barred rock, and one easter egger. We were ordering as a large group from 4-h, so someone just went to Iowa to get them. Well, they gave us 6 chicks instead, so we got 3 Buff rocks, one barred rock, one Black Australorp,and one Easter Egger. One of the Buff Rocks died a few weeks later, so we were left with 5. As they got older, one of the buff rocks started to crow. We realised he was a rooster,so we tried to keep him quiet. Then the barred Rock started crowing. Then the black Australorp. They were making som uch noise, we just had to drop the Barred Rock and Australorp at someone's farm. We kept the Buff Rock, though, because he was so friendly. We eventually found a wildlife rehab center that would take him and put him with a large flock of hens. So we were left with 1 easter Egger, and one Buff Rock (which we thought was a hen,because it looked exactly like one.) We left for a trip to see some relatives, and when we got back, it was like someone swapped it out with a rooster. We didn't know what to do, so we just kept looking for homes for it. Until, one day we got an Email from someone who had seen out old posters at a feed store. He wanted to know if we had any left (he wanted to start incubating) so we said we had 1 left. That day I was also preparing a barn for the rabbit show at the County Fair, so we just met up there. I was happy to get all the roosters homes, but not so happy with Mcmurray hatchery.
The moral? Don't order day-old chicks from Mcmurray hatchery.
Pros - Order arrived on time, lots of breeds and packages to choose from, easy ordering and Great prices
Cons - Waiting list. I ordered in Feb and the order ship day was May. that is probably my bad for trying to order just before spring.
I ordered from Ideal and was pleased with what I recieved all chicks arrived healthy and alive. the order was on time and exactly what I ordered.
Even the packing peanuts (sexed barred roo's) were healthy and I was able to re-home them to a 4h group.
In the future I would order from them again without question.
The chicks are 11 days old in these pics. I have had no losses.