Hatchery lesson learned from last year: Order now, don't wait

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by Timmo, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. Timmo

    Timmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2008
    If the poor economy had anything to do with the run on large hatcheries last year, this year could be even worse. More and more people are investing in a little 'self-sufficiency' every day.

    If anyone is planning to order chicks, especially rare varieties, you should probably claim your future hatchlings now, before all those 'sold out for 2009' tags start showing up on the hatchery sites.

    Just a friendly reminder of the trouble many people had finding the birds they wanted last year.

    Best of luck! [​IMG]
  2. Rhett&SarahsMom

    Rhett&SarahsMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2008
    I am already obsessing over it and check the sites daily, if not more often
  3. congdon476

    congdon476 GaLLiNa LOcA

    Dec 31, 2008
    Pueblo Area
    I know Ideal is starting "special orders" on January 10th... so said the email I received from them last week. They will take orders, but not expecting hem to ship until the first weeks in March. So hard to wait!!!!
  4. Southerngirl

    Southerngirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2008
    Central Arkansas
    Quote:Ditto. I was going to order some more White Giants from Cackle this year and they are already listed as SOLD OUT for 2009 !! I am not sure if this is due to a breeder problem or what !!!!!!
  5. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    I already have my order in and expect it to be here next month. After last year I'm not taking the chance but then, I hope this will be my last hatchery order.
    Well.......maybe if another cute breed pops up I might.......[​IMG]
  6. ole-crone

    ole-crone Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't think that last year's hatchery shortage was a result of the economy as much as trying to make up for McMurray's problem.

    I suggest that you not panic and jump the gun, risking getting chicks too early and them not surviving the cold.

    Why not pick your hatchery, give them a call and see what they say?
  7. Browser8

    Browser8 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 5, 2009
    Quote:Hmmmmm Now I'm curious...

    I just ordered 25 RIR's from McMurray....

    What was their problem... and is this problem still going on?
  8. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    I'm placing my order ASAP and not getting mine shipped until June or July. [​IMG]
  9. P0U1TRYP3RS0N

    P0U1TRYP3RS0N Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2007
    I don't mean to hijack the thread...But does anyone know if Mcmurray's problem chicks last year were BLRW? Someone I know gave me a pair that came from McMurray like last FEBRUARY. And they are gorgeous...BUT COULD THEY BE SICK? I mean, that diseas the MM babies had.....Would they have died or could they survived as carriers? I have silkie eggs in the bator and one of the roosters is the BLRW. Should I watch for symptoms of some disease?
  10. Widget

    Widget Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 30, 2008
    Limington, Maine
    In case anyone is interested Ideal is now accepting pre-orders for all breeds. Or they were when I was just at their site.

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