Any good hatcheries?

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by afre13, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. afre13

    afre13 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have been all over the internet looking for good hatcheries, but I have always come to at least one of the following problems
    1. out of stock of female chicks
    2. require a high minimal order for a backyard flock
    3. have a small selection of breeds to choose from
    4. wont restock until May

    i just want to start with a small, backyard flock of maximum of 10-12 chickens (not bantams). I was looking at either Meyer's, or Ideal since they have a good minimal order number, but they are out of stock until later.

    I looked at McMurray, and they have every bird I want, but they require a 15 bird minimum, and wont arrive until mid April.

    Cackle has almost no breed I want.

    I have been looking at thepoultryhatchery.com they ship 3 chicks after march, and they have a wide selection.
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  3. DaddyBird

    DaddyBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What breeds are you looking for? Here are some thoughts...

    • You may be able to find a breed association that can help you identify a breeder in your area.
    • If they are heritage breeds, you can go to www.albc-usa.org and look by zip for breeders around you.
    • See if there is a thread on here for your area and post what you are looking for. Although I have worked with poultry for years, my wife and I are new to owning chickens but have found people more than willing to help others get started.
    • Either combine an order with others in your town to get the minimum or order the minimum and offer the extras via a post to classifieds, craigslist, etc.
    I hope this helps.
     
  4. DaddyBird

    DaddyBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't they just drop ship from Meyer?
     
  5. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I'm pretty sure they drop ship from a few different places depending on the breeds ordered.
     
  6. Mehjr10

    Mehjr10 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have a feed store or TSC in your area? http://www.tractorsupply.com/StoreLocator , Look there and see if one is close to you they get a couple of shipments a week I think, at least one but my local ones sell out quick so you have to be there early.
     
  7. afre13

    afre13 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeah, the one in my area only has Brahmas, white leghorns, comets, and cornish.
     
  8. Mehjr10

    Mehjr10 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The Leghorns are laying machines, just get white eggs. Mine do a great job. Comets are I think the same a the red sex links that they have in my area also great layers of brown eggs.
     

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