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Hello from Iowa, looking for small order of chicks

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Medarius, Dec 31, 2014.

  1. Medarius

    Medarius New Egg

    Dec 15, 2014
    Fort Dodge, Iowa
    Greetings all,
    My wife and I are going to be starting a flock this spring. We have decided to start with some barred rock chicks. We will be keeping eggs and harvesting some chickens for meat.
    Our main concern is we do not want to have to buy 24+ chicks to start. Could anyone give me tips on where I could order 12 chicks or less. We are only planning on keeping 3-4 egg layers, so anymore than 12 to start would be overkill for us.
    We live in NW, and are looking to get chicks in March/April depending on when winter breaks.
    Thanks in advance for any tips/help.
  2. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

    Dec 12, 2013
    Welcome to BYC!

    Murray McMurray is a long time hatchery in Webster City, IA. When they do mail orders, you have to get larger numbers of chicks (15-25) but you could call them and see if they allow customers to pick up smaller numbers. 515-832-3280 is their phone number. They may not be open due to the holidays but you could probably reach them Monday, Jan. 5th.

    You can also go to the IA state thread and ask if anyone there knows of a breeder close to you:

    If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Nice to have you join us!
  3. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    X2 on NorthFLChick. Meyer Hatchery and MyPetChicken are good, dependable, hatcheries too.

    Here are some links on caring for your chicks once the hatch and one on where to find further hatchery info

    Best of luck!
  4. Medarius

    Medarius New Egg

    Dec 15, 2014
    Fort Dodge, Iowa
    Thanks, I am only 15 miles from Webster City but was not sure if self pickup was available there. Will check next week
  5. Book Em Danno25

    Book Em Danno25 Overrun With Chickens

    Welp Hatchery which is located in Bancroft, IA, in my book, is a really great choice. it just depends on how many you want. here is the link to the chicken page.


    on the right you will see a box with the minimum order. hopefully it will work out!!


  6. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

    Dec 12, 2013
    Good luck!

    We got our last bunch of chicks from them and have been very pleased with our birds (plus their customer service was very helpful). Keep us posted on what you end up with.
  7. Book Em Danno25

    Book Em Danno25 Overrun With Chickens

  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
  9. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. I've purchased chicks from Murray McMurray on several occasions (including Barred Rocks), and have been happy with their birds and service. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck in getting your BAs.
  10. OldGuy43

    OldGuy43 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome. I like Ideal Poultry and they'll ship any quantity.

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