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Best Hatcheries for Chicks

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by CBerens78, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. CBerens78

    CBerens78 Hatching

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    Can anyone give me suggestions on the best hatcheries to purchase chicks from? I have seen them all over the internet and of course they all say they are the best, anyone have any recommendations?

    Also I have been reading a lot about Marek's Disease. Is it a good idea to buy the chicks vaccinated? Does this affect if they can be sold as organic?

    Thanks!

    CJB
     
  2. Willow's Meadow

    Willow's Meadow Songster

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    Well it depends on how many you want!!! lol Murray Mcmurray is a good hatchery but you have to get 25 min. of chicks. I like Cackle(GREAT custom service and friendly people!!!) they do have a special thing were you can get a min. of 5. Or there is My Pet Chicken they have a minumum of 3!!!!! [​IMG] Those three are great hatcheries, I know there are others, but those are pretty good!

    For the Marek's you should call your county extension office and ask if Marek's Diesese is a problem in your area. I called like 15 places around here and NO ONE knew!!!! [​IMG] So I went ahead and got them vaccinated just to be safe! [​IMG] Good Luck!

    cacklehatchery.com

    mypetchicken.com

    murraymcmurray.com (sp?)
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Generally your best bet is to get chicks from the postally-closest hatchery to you (or really, ideally, anywhere you can pick up day-olds by just driving there). The longer they are in transit, the more chance of problems.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     

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