How far are you from the hatchery?

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by 1dude, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. 1dude

    1dude In the Brooder

    Dec 27, 2007
    Pace, Florida
    I haven't ordered yet and I'm a little concerned reading about getting dead chicks. From past experience if anyone will have bad luck its me! I was wondering if the shipping distance and or time is the issue. How far do some of you live from where you ordered from? I live near Pensacola, Fl and say Cackle is in Texas "I think", that seems far to me to send chicks.
    Thanx [​IMG]
  2. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

    May 6, 2007
    Columbia Gorge, OR
    I had some shipped from Iowa and I live in Oregon. All 27 arrived alive, but 4 died within a few days. It was the hatchery's breeding (Mottled Houdans). I think it is worth the risk, though, to get what you want. If you are worried about shipping, maybe you can get them at a feed and seed near you? They may have chicks or get them in at some point.
  3. 1dude

    1dude In the Brooder

    Dec 27, 2007
    Pace, Florida
    I looked on the Internet and seen one feed store in the next county that sells small "animals"! I'm out of the country so I can't call.

    What I was trying to get at was should I focus on finding a hatchery close to where I live like one state away or does it really matter? Is the post office super fast and efficient or not? I don't know. The thought popped in my brain and I had to let it out!!! [​IMG]
  4. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    I got mine from Ideal Poultry in Texas. I live in Pennsylvania. None arrived DOA, and today they are 4 months old!
  5. bumblebeehillschickenfarm

    bumblebeehillschickenfarm Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    i live in maryland and i ordered from ideal two times. I just recieved 13 blue marans chicks from texas also. their would of been 16 but famous P.O. didn't get chicks here on time and was a day late and i lost all 3 splashes. i did have insurance on them and i am getting my shipping money back and cost per chicks.
  6. KierBri

    KierBri Songster

    Apr 4, 2008
    ne conneticut
    ok, i think my duckies flew the furthest, oregon to northeast ct! they all arrived fine and will be 4 weeks tomorrow. and i got chicks two weeks ago from iowa, lost two at two days, rest (38)are doing fine. the louder they peep the quicker the p.o. is!![​IMG] i have heard very bad things about chicks shipped with ups, and that's from ups workers themselves! stick with the p.o.
  7. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    Chicks get shipped quick enough to make little difference.
    There are no guarantees however; they could die on the way home from the local farmer's place.

    By now the process is well established. Dont worry so much. Get your order in and get things ready. If you live out very far, you'll be better off going to get them at the PO.
  8. 1dude

    1dude In the Brooder

    Dec 27, 2007
    Pace, Florida
    I have somewhat limited space too. So I was looking at 6 to 8. Didn't want to order too many extra or loose several and need to reorder. Well maybe I'm just thinking too much about it.
    Thanks everybody!!! [​IMG]

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