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Ideal Hatchery review

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by Pete fernBonnie, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. RareDuck

    RareDuck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 8 colors black, white, blue, buff, self blue, red? and I think the chipmunk looking ones are partridge 3 are gray and 2 are brown. I start mine on paper towels and put the chick starter on that at first. I put Save A chick in lukewarm water and dip every chicks beak in the water as soon as I take them out of their box. They are in a plastic tub with the heat lamp on top of the hardware cloth. I am only using a 75 watt reptile bulb because the weather has been so warm. Mine are on non medicated Southern States starter but medicated is OK. I had been expecting goslings so I got non medicated. I hope they all arrive safe.
     
  2. Pete fernBonnie

    Pete fernBonnie Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh ok thanks! i have a brooder setup with a 200 watt lamp about 2 feet away from the bottom, i tested it with a thermometer, perfect temp! Anyway i have some sugar which a lot of people said to put in their water when they arrive and i also put paper towels in the bottom, mine is rabbit cage with wire at the bottom so i made sure to have a nice stable floor for their first week. How long did it take your chicks to arrive?
    Thanks!
     
  3. RareDuck

    RareDuck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They arrived in 2 days. The Silkies shipped on Tuesday and arrived Thursday. The others were ordered Werdnesday 6/25 shipped the same day and arrived Friday.
     
  4. Pete fernBonnie

    Pete fernBonnie Out Of The Brooder

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    They told me tonight that they shipped them today so could i expect them wednesday or Thursday??
     
  5. RareDuck

    RareDuck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine always take 2 days and birds are usually sent priority 2 day. My ducklings took 2 days from CA. Unless you got express mail or you are close to the hatchery they should arrive Thursday.
     
  6. Pete fernBonnie

    Pete fernBonnie Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh ok they put mine on express mail so just to be safe i am going to be prepped and ready to go tomorrow!
    Thanks!
     
  7. KardashiHENS

    KardashiHENS Out Of The Brooder

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    Ive had good and bad experience with ideal.. I ordered silkies and polish. The silkies were great but about a month later i noticed my polish was having trouble eating and walking and now being almost 8 months old, she cant eat (she has scissor beak) or walk. I dont mean to put a damper on things haha im sure yours will be wonderful and healthy, i just received a bad batch.
     
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  8. dealfinder500

    dealfinder500 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've ordered several hundred chicks from Ideal this year - in fact I have 100 that shipped out today and should be here Thursday morning. Only once did I have a problem with a shipment, and that was the post office's fault, not Ideals, and Ideal even reshipped replacements.

    Most of mine are all too young to tell you about the quality, but they are healthy!
     
  9. Pete fernBonnie

    Pete fernBonnie Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh you are fine! I am sorry about your polish[​IMG] I am just praying now because to me hatchery chicks are a 50/50 some will be healthy and fine or for some people they will get bad chicks that will be sick and dying! Wish me some luck!
     
  10. Pete fernBonnie

    Pete fernBonnie Out Of The Brooder

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    I was looking back on the email and they sent the email 3 times! [​IMG] Will they call or email me when the chicks get here??
    Thanks!
     

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