how do you all buy just a few chicks?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ericz, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. ericz

    ericz Out Of The Brooder

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    howdy all,

    i want to get six female chicks for january or at the latest mid-february delivery, but every hatchery i have looked at has minimum order of 15 or 20 or 25.

    ideal poultry will include RIR males for warmth, but then i am stuck with having to find a home for them later.

    what do you all do when you just want to order a few chicks? specifically i am wanting to get 2 barred rocks, two australorps and two black sex-links.

    thanks in advance,

    -eric
     
  2. Stark

    Stark Out Of The Brooder

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    My suggestions would be to find local breeders, take your chances with the local feed store (if they have chicks that time of year), or try to find other locals who want to order chicks and combine your orders.
     
  3. Blue Ninja

    Blue Ninja Out Of The Brooder

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    Try Meyer Hatchery or My Pet Chicken.[​IMG]
     
  4. brahmakid11

    brahmakid11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    just buy a few
     
  5. KimberlyJ

    KimberlyJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Eric,

    MyPetChicken.com will ship as few as three chicks provided you are not too far from a major post office. The chicks are nicely priced but the postage can be a bit expensive. Makes them out to be about ten dollar per bird if I recall. Other options may be share with a buddy or find a BYC member near you that sells chicks. Also you could wait til srping and check out the local feed store. ( I know, ya want what ya want when ya want it--or at least I did, that's how I know this stuff)

    Hope this helps. Good Luck

    KimberlyJ
     
  6. mrkpero

    mrkpero Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think minimum order for Meyer hatchery is 3.
     
  7. RoosterRanch

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    Easiest way to buy just a few, is to go to Tractor Supply or some similar outlet during chick season. Usually in late FEB or early March. You can buy just poults ( if the children have not mixed up the bins) or whatever you wish. Hope this helps.
     
  8. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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  9. Toshi

    Toshi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got 4 from My Pet Chicken, all four got here healthy and all are pullets, i was pleased, check out the site.
     
  10. GhostRider65

    GhostRider65 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wait for TSC to get the chicks in, then there local, and you can have em home in a short time.
    I have seen all these breeds you want there come spring...... I bought 6 chicks from them last spring 3 EE 3 BLACK SEXLINKS, ALL ARE DOING GREAT....... had no trouble with any of these, but my order of 20 from the hatchery was messed up, and took 2 months to fix, and I had a whole lota birds I didn't order or want, plus I had 43 total after the fix it job and 34 were roosters...... If I had not decided to to pick up chicks at TSC I would have hardly any hens.........
     
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