mail order keets and chicks in feb.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by cw, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. cw

    cw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2009
    green co.
    i am located in south central ky, and were probably gonna order keets and chicks from meyer or mt healthy hatcherys in ohio come feb.

    think they well be alright or should i buy from a hatcherey in the south?
  2. william9792

    william9792 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2008
    graham, nc
    i have chicks coming from Mc Murry due to be here on feb 9th, so they should be fine in coming to KY
  3. cw

    cw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2009
    green co.
    did they tell you how long they would be in route to you? 1 day i would guess
  4. damselfish

    damselfish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2008
    Southwest Missouri
    Just watch out for President's Day. McMurray shipped my chicks on the Saturday before President's Day last year. 6 died in the box out of 27 from combination of cold and delay.

    I wasn't pleased but I think they would have been fine if not for the holiday, so try to avoid that situation for yourself. Good luck and have fun with them.
  5. lilchick

    lilchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Williamsport In.
    If you do purchase around a Monday holiday it can sometimes work to your advantage... When buying a mixed order you get some of the rarer birds since people shy away from that date.
    AND remember that post offices are closed but the mail is still being sorted in there! I know I worked for a rural post office as part time postmaster and you can call and check on your order anytime. Your local post office can give you the phone no. of the sorting plant and you can call there early a.m. to see if they have them and go pick them up at the back door. Believe me they WANT to have the chicks picked up [​IMG]
    Remember that mail is worked and sorted 24/7 so be aware that a postal person can answer the phone...
    Our driver would put the chickens in front seat of truck instead of back where the mail was....
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Like I said in another one of your threads - guineas are not available this time of the year. They lay seasonally - May - October.
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Even if you order from a hatchery in the south there's no telling how many cold areas they have to go thru to get to you. I would wait. As Miss Prissy stated, the keets won't be available until May and by then the temps should be better for shipping.

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