ATTENTION BREEDERS: Shipping Live Chicks to North Carolina for CHEAP!

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by Gresh, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. Gresh

    Gresh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2011
    North Carolina
    Hi everyone!
    I've been troubled in my recent breeder searches by the large minimum quantities breeders usually place on their stock, and the large price that often accompanies them. For example, Pathfinders Farm, though I'm sure they sell beautiful Buckeyes, will only ship 25 day-old chicks at minimum for a whopping $150 or so. However, I am only wanting at max ten chicks (preferably seven), and, due to a strict budget, I will NOT lay down $150 for chicks anytime soon.
    Most breeders also sell large amounts of hatching eggs as well (15-25 as I usually see). Though I understand that they do this to ensure that you will not get a bunch of dead-in-shell chicks, I cannot afford an incubator to house so many eggs. A smaller incubator is barely doable for me, let alone a huge Sportsman incubator or pricey-yet-small Hovabator.
    So, I am for right now leaning towards getting at most ten live chicks from a breeder. However, I understand this is not usually the case. Does anybody know of a breeder who ships ten day-old chicks to North Carolina for at most $100 and who breeds the following breeds:

    1. Russian Orloff (preferably Spangled; will take BBR, White, or Mahogany, too)
    2. Black Sumatra
    3. Buckeye

    Furthermore, unless the stock has been so improved upon after so many years that it fits the SOP, I do NOT wish to buy from someone who sells hatchery-line birds.
    Please let me know of anyone who could help me. And if anyone will negotiate with prices or amounts for chicks, I'd like to know that too.

    Thanks! [​IMG]
  2. RhodeRunner

    RhodeRunner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2009
    Ashtabula, Ohio
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2011
  3. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
  4. SuttonHeritageFarm

    SuttonHeritageFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2011
    Jackson Springs, NC
    Im in NC and will ask around to see if anyone has what you are looking for. It would be cheaper since you could just pick them up. [​IMG]
  5. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    So what you are saying is that you can not afford to buy what you want? I don't know what anyone can do about that.

    Small numbers of chicks often do not survive shipping. That's why there are minimum orders.

    I suggest that you purchase a subscription to The Poultry Press, watch for breeders within driving distance of where you live, and make arrangements to pick up chicks instead of having them shipped.

    As far as I know, there is no hatchery anywhere in the USA that sells exhibition birds, except for Holdrerread and he's more of a show breeder who happens to maintain a web presence. I don't consider him to be a hatchery.

    Or maybe you could find someone local to split an order of chicks with you.
  6. flowerchild59

    flowerchild59 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2010
    Southern IL
    Or you could get 25, raise them a couple of months, then choose, then craigs list the rest.
  7. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

    Jul 21, 2010
    Quote:Dave's got nice birds. . .
  8. diannasunshine

    diannasunshine Out Of The Brooder

    Hello, I have been looking for a show quality breeder. Even though I am not showing (learning the breed standard, etc. right now) I want quality chickens. Do you happen to have Wyandottes or know of anyone to recommend? I'm in Anson County so within an hour to you. I'm just looking for pullets right now b/c I'm looking for eggs for the family. I purchased a cockrel & pullet pair from a breeder at the Raleigh State Fair and if he didn't live 4 hours way I would purchase from him again in a heart beat! I love the variety of colors in the breed and how docile they are. I'm looking for friendly breeds. Thanks in advance!
  9. diannasunshine

    diannasunshine Out Of The Brooder

    what are your feelings on the site you ordered from? You say not high quality - but were they at least proper to the standard (i.e. correct combs, markings)?

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