hatchery suggestions?

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by bkterry, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. bkterry

    bkterry Out Of The Brooder

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    Im soon going to order polish and brahmas. I am curious about what hatcheries are out there besides mcmurray? Let me know of any that you know of thanks!
     
  2. fowltemptress

    fowltemptress Frugal Fan Club President

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    I would always recommend Ideal Poultry. I've called and emailed with a billion and one questions, and they've always been polite and sent prompt replies. The chicks I've had experience with have always been healthy, but I'm in the same state as them so there aren't alot of issues with a long shipping trip to stress the chicks. They are also the most affordable hatchery IMO, and a BIG point in their favor is they have a $25 limit rather than a 25 chick limit.
     
  3. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    1) Your best luck will always be using the hatchery closest to where you live. Not all the big hatcheries have websites and sometimes you need to phone. But, the less distance a chick travels the better for its health.

    Here is a comprehensive list from Feathersite:

    http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/BRKHatcheries.html

    2) Having gotten birds from specialized breeders versus online hatcheries, there is no comparison. The quality of stock you get from dedicated breeders is always going to be superior. This may or may not make any difference to you.
     
  4. RubberChickenLubber

    RubberChickenLubber Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. bkterry

    bkterry Out Of The Brooder

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    We are located in Kentucky, and I have yet to find many close hatcheries... most are in IA or pretty far west of us...
     
  6. Eggseronious

    Eggseronious Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ArrowChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Meyer Hatchery is just to the north of you in Ohio and they're not bad. I've only ordered from them once and I did have a small problem (they sent the wrong variety) but they quickly rebated my money and offered to send out another box of chicks.

    The birds I got were all healthy and thriving. And they offer quite a selection, too.
     
  8. coopist

    coopist Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes, the Johns, I believe, own Shady Lane. They have a very good reputation, as far as I've always heard. Not a large hatchery by any means, but they have some good birds.
     
  9. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    I have heard good things about Cackle Hatcheries, though I have not yet ordered anything from them. Our local feed store gets their chicks (for now [​IMG] ) from them. I want to say they're somewhere in the Ohio area, too... good luck! The polish are adorable!
     
  10. KYBOY

    KYBOY Chillin' With My Peeps

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