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Hatchery in CA .....update, I ordered!

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by bock, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am looking to order some chicks soon, but I can't find a hatchery near enough to me. There is Belt Hatchery, in Fresno, but I am not impressed with their selection. Murray and Meyer are over 1,000 miles away form me, so they are out of the question. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2010
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Oregon and Washington feedstores all get their chicks from Privett Hatchery.
     
  3. Meyer Hatchery

    Meyer Hatchery Out Of The Brooder

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    I know it sounds crazy, but, most of our west coast customers get their chicks before our more local ones. The reason is, the chicks catch a plane rather than hop on this truck then that truck, and so on. It's just a thought, but you might not be unhappy ordering from a hatchery so far away!
     
  4. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the ideas! Unfortunately, Privett only sells chicks straightrun. [​IMG] So I guess they are out. Meyer hatchery, I might just take you up on that. I just hear that the farther they ship, the harder it is on the chicks, and the more DOA's you get. The reason I wanted to order locally, is last spring I ordered ducks and geese from Metzer Farms, in California. They all made it healthy andalive, and I am very pleased. They even arrived on Tuesday, a day earlier than normal! I don't know what it would have been like if I had ordered farther away. We'll see. [​IMG]
     
  5. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I have decided on Belt. They don't have a few of the breeds I would have liked, but I think they will be okay. [​IMG]
     
  6. omahalostpunk

    omahalostpunk Out Of The Brooder

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    Ideal is in Texas and there is a list of hatcheries at the top of this catagory that has a lot of hatcheries from all over that might help you find one even closer.
     
  7. draye

    draye Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks for the ideas! Unfortunately, Privett only sells chicks straightrun. So I guess they are out. Meyer hatchery, I might just take you up on that. I just hear that the farther they ship, the harder it is on the chicks, and the more DOA's you get. The reason I wanted to order locally, is last spring I ordered ducks and geese from Metzer Farms, in California. They all made it healthy andalive, and I am very pleased. They even arrived on Tuesday, a day earlier than normal! I don't know what it would have been like if I had ordered farther away. We'll see.

    You may want to relook at that, I've been to their website and they sell Straight run, pullets and cockerals. You have to click on the picture of the breed you want to look at and it takes you to another screen and ccan see the prices on sexed chicks.​
     
  8. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You may want to relook at that, I've been to their website and they sell Straight run, pullets and cockerals. You have to click on the picture of the breed you want to look at and it takes you to another screen and ccan see the prices on sexed chicks.

    Oh it does! My mistake. I just clicked on chicks and it would say the breed name with the words straightrun underneath. I didn't bother looking at the pages for individual breeds. They might be a good choice then, if I decide against Belt. [​IMG]
     
  9. mypicklebird

    mypicklebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am in CA, and I have gotten chicks from across the US with minimal loss. I opt for the fast shipping, and my post office annex calls me when they arrive. It is more about the weather IMO than the distance, as long as it doesn't take too long. I also plan to start ordering straight run on purpose, so I am not supporting the immediate mass destruction of male chicks on hatch. I can't keep the roosters when they are grown, but local feed stores take them, and they can go into the pot before they start crowing if one eats meat.
     
  10. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, so I REALLY want to order from Meyer, but I am still really worried about the distance. Belt has much less selection, but they are SO much closer. Has anyone ever ordered from a hatchery over 1,000 miles away with good results to boot? I don't know what I should do. [​IMG]
     

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