Hatchery vs. Local Feed Store

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by prose15, Feb 22, 2014.

  1. prose15

    prose15 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have an order placed to Meyer Hatchery that is set to arrive the first week of June. The hatchery is about 530 mile north of where I live. However, there is a feed store near my house (Orschelns Farm and Home). I don't remember what breeds they have carried in the past. Should I cancel my hatchery order and buy from the feedstore, or stick with the hatchery? The Orschelns is in Murrya, KY if that helps. Any idea what breeds they might carry?
     
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  2. McCoysOrps

    McCoysOrps Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. prose15

    prose15 Out Of The Brooder

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    No idea [​IMG]
     
  4. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    That is more of a personal call [​IMG]
     
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  5. McCoysOrps

    McCoysOrps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    CANCEL THE ORDER NOW!!!!!!!!! Hatchery chicks die easily and you can get chicks sooner so they grow and lay faster for you!!
     
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  6. prose15

    prose15 Out Of The Brooder

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    Feedstore gets them Friday. They probably won't have the variety I want though [​IMG]
     
  7. Craftygirl

    Craftygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just bought mine at Bomgaars, but I'm sure they came from a hatchery. We have an Orscheln close ny too. I just like buying local.

    You should call your Orscheln store and ask. They will know what they are getting for baby chicks.
     
  8. prose15

    prose15 Out Of The Brooder

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    Good idea ^ I will call tomorrow [​IMG] also, would it be ok to have baby chicks even if I'm at school 8 hours a day 5 days a week?
     
  9. Craftygirl

    Craftygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is my first time raising chicks. But I would suggest to get your chicks on a Friday night and be home with them for the weekend so you can monitor the heat.

    I've had to raise my lamp twice today to keep the temp steady. They are all happy campers though. I already see their little personalities coming out.

    Good Luck to you.. I'm already in chicken heaven.
     
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  10. McCoysOrps

    McCoysOrps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Find a local hatchery if the feed stir does not have the chicks you want! Yes I am at school too and I have chicks all the time they will be fine feed and water tell someone to check a time or two a day! Water dish should be very shallow and put marbles in there so they drink but don't fall in or get a chick waterer. DO NOT put wood shavings in with them they will eat them and die! Keep the heat lamp on one side of the container so they can get but if they want to be cool they go to the other side! And sex them [​IMG]
     

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