Best hatchery to order chicks from?


Free Ranging
5 Years
Jun 14, 2017
Central PA
Depends what you want. Valley Farms is the cheapest, Ideal has the smallest minimum order, My Pet Chicken is known for having a large selection (but I've heard that it's not an actual hatchery, more of a retail service; its stock is from Murray McMurray, I think? Or maybe Meyer?) Cackle is said to have the nicest birds.

And those are just the big names of the major backyard chicken distributors. There are all sorts of smaller breeders such as Greenfire Farms and Sandhill Preservation that focus on rare/show quality chickens.
Aug 13, 2017
the coop
Welcome to BYC! :woot
Depends on where you are located... So... you talkin' U.S? Also, what chick breeds are you planning on getting? Different hatcheries have different varieties/selections. :)

I am in the U.S and here are some good ones I know of...

Meyer Hatchery
Cackle Hatchery
My Pet Chicken

However, as @sylviethecochin said, there are many other smaller ones that offer rare selections and/or are just as good if not better than the big, well-known ones.

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