Mail Order Chick Suggestions

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by e72071, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. e72071

    e72071 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are getting ready to order our first set of baby chicks ever. I've found a couple places online but I'm looking for suggestions on reputable mail order poultry places so we get healthy chicks. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings! Here's a link to some hatcheries: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/16/chicken-breeders-hatcheries
    For what it's worth, the large hatcheries...Murrary McMurray, Ideal Poultry, Meyer, Stromberg's, Cackle, and others are reckoned reputable. I have ordered from all of them at one time or another and have had good results. Baby chicks are amazingly resident through the mail. A word of advice: let your local post office know to expect them and to call you the moment they arrive. I've even driven to the larger post office a few towns over (the hub for my PO) just to get my birds a day earlier. Anyway, whatever you decide, good luck to and your new chicks. Also, stop by the New Member Introduction Forum and say hello so we can give you a proper BYC welcome!!
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/44/new-member-introductions
     
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome! I second everything redsoxs said. My last mail order chicks came from Cackle, all in very good shape. Your state thread might be helpful, in case someone close to you also wants chicks, and to a combined order. I usually combine an order with a friend or two; better prices per chick, and kinda fun too. Make sure that your brooder and coop are ready before the chicks arrive! Mary
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I have ordered multiple times from My Pet Chicken over the past few years, the chicks are healthy and correctly sexed, and customer service is great and their website is easy to use.
     
  5. yellowherb

    yellowherb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've only ordered from Ideal. both times chicks were 100% arrive alive. But the best thing about Ideal is the very low shipping :) Best prices on chicks and on shipping in most cases.
     
  6. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Order from a hatchery closest to you. Look at where the chicks are coming from and choose the shortest. Hatcheries will toss in extra birds (males) to get rid of the excess and say it's to ensure warmth in numbers. If you don't want any males make sure to tell them specifically not to add them. Many posts on what to do with cockerels and it can be avoided by telling them not to do it when placing the order.
     
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