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Is it safe to mail-order chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by JSW99, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. JSW99

    JSW99 In the Brooder

    Mar 6, 2012
    There is an online hatchery called "Meyer Hatchery". Most mail-order chicks have a min. order of 25 so they will stay warm, but Meyer Hatchery has a min. order of 3! Is this safe to order less then 25. I'm thinking of ordering 10 Easter Eggers from this hatchery, but is it safe? [​IMG]

  2. chicklover16

    chicklover16 queen of flirts

    Jun 3, 2011
    Em's Dungeon
    of course! ten chicks can create just as much body heat for each other as 25 can. They will snuggle up against each other and keep perfectly warm and cozy.
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    The hatchery MAY add "packing peanut" chicks, usually cockerels (baby roosters) for extra body heat. Or, they may add small heat packs to the box. Or, 10 chicks may be enough for the Hatchery to believe they will be warm enough for the trip. Check with 'em to see what they do in your case.
  4. kittycooks

    kittycooks Chirping

    I have ordered all my chicks from My Pet Chicken. They add a heat pack and you can order as few as 3 in areas with metropolitan mail delivery, but I've heard with Rural you may have to order up to 7. I have never lost any chicks due to shipping. My postal workers are always so excited to bring me my new chicks!
  5. Bob W [FL]

    Bob W [FL] In the Brooder

    Dec 15, 2011
  6. SIMZ

    SIMZ Crowing

    Apr 29, 2011
    Northwest Indiana
    I ordered 10 chicks from Meyer Hatchery (Polk, Ohio) last fall and the chicks were fine. I have another order place with them to come in May because I love that I can order small amounts.
  7. ToledoClucker

    ToledoClucker In the Brooder

    Feb 18, 2012
    I ordered 6 chicks from Meyer Hatchery 2 weeks ago to the day. They were shipped in a small container, with packing material secured all around them and a large heat pack in the middle. The P.O. called me immediately upon arrival, at which time I immediately picked them up and brought them home. I am now the proud owner of: 2 - Buff Orpington, 1 - Barred Rock, 1 - Silver-Laced Wyandotte, 1 - Red Sexlink (?), and 1 - Black Australorp (?), all healthy and starting to feather out. The birds were shipped as promised, and Meyer Hatchery even provides a direct link to the USPS Tracking Page where you can "watch" your chicks as they travel on their journey from Hatchery to Home. Highly reccomend.

  8. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I have ordered from Meyer Hatchery twice, and it is one of the few where you can order 4-24 chickens instead of 25 minimum. They do not send packing peanuts with small orders, but put heat packs in. You will pay higher shipping for small orders because of heat pack and extra packaging. You pay very low shipping on 25, so it is nearly the same cost to order 25 than it is a handful of chicks. Each 5 chicks more you order, the shipping decreases up to 25. MyPetChicken I have heard gets some of their chickens from Meyer since MPC is not a hatchery but a "middle man."
  9. Gvnam

    Gvnam Chirping

    Sep 16, 2011
    Mail ordered mine from Southern Farm Hatchery during the fall and they all came alive. And it was a small order of 5.
  10. SIMZ

    SIMZ Crowing

    Apr 29, 2011
    Northwest Indiana
    The shipping cost is definitely a factor when you order just a few chicks. Although, if you simply can't have more than a few then it's a great option. It's also a good option if you want more expensive rare breeds, of which Meyer offers several. In that case, the cost of more birds quickly overtakes what you might save on shipping. I did that math when I was ordering Black Copper Marans from Meyer, and decided $35 on shipping was a lot better than explaining 25 more chicks and a $225 bill to my husband! [​IMG]

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