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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by nikki1, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. nikki1

    nikki1 Songster

    Oct 16, 2011
    Eatonville, WA
    So...which side of the fence are you on, and why? Getting my first chicks this spring, and I'd appreciate your input!


  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    I personally often order through the feed stores. I get the perks of getting my custom order without the shipping cost of ordering by myself.
  3. citychickx6

    citychickx6 Songster

    May 14, 2011
    Kevin has what I think is an awesome answer. My local feed store welcomes adding special requests to their order. You never know until you ask.
    Kind of a bummer when you are ordering 20 dollars worth of chicks and have 50 dollars in shipping.

    Sadly this year the ones I am wanting to get the hatchery they order from only sells as straight run. No roosters allowed where I live so I am not going to chance it.
    I am ordering through the mail for the first time. They are due in the middle of May. I sure hope this May is warmer than last May.
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I'm with Kevin. My Grange has specific breeds they order and prefer to have them all spoken for upon arrival. They have a nice variety of breeds, I don't have to pay shipping and I can wait a few days after they arrive ( customers have five days to pick up pre ordered chicks) and let any weak or bummer chicks die off so mine have already made it past the 72 hour mark. I get the breeds I want and don't have to pay shipping or worry about when they come in.

    I have ordered in the past and not had any problems really, but I don't usually want 25 chicks at a time and am way too cheap to pay all that shipping.
  5. MadabtChickens

    MadabtChickens Songster

    Jan 24, 2012
    near Branson, MO
    I personally will never order until the chicks can be shipped overnight Fedex because I just think 2 days being thrown around in a box with USPS is just cruel. Even then I will only order if I can't find the breed I want within 2 hours from where I live. Also, when you buy from the feed store you are supporting your local economy.
  6. Eznet2u

    Eznet2u Chirping

    Jul 22, 2011
    or Bye Local...[​IMG]
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  7. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    I did a custom order through the feed store. They order their chicks from a hatchery that doesn't sell to the public. My next chicks are going to be local purchases simply because there is a breeder here in town that has Bev Davis blood lines. Then the next option for me is Eggs shipped from New York. As soon as his hens start laying I will be getting a dozen eggs and hatching them myself.

    I have also ordered 40 Keets from a breeder here in Calfornia and They came to me all perky and stuffed with watermellon.... LOL she had zip tied watermellon slices inside the shipping container.

    I think the success for getting shipped chicks is to deal with a reputable responsible hatchery one with a track record. Then being proactive and requesting tracking for the package. I was assured that the Keets coming from Northern CA Are kept in temperature controlled vehicles. And verified personally with the post office if they had ever received live cargo. Yep.... She rattled off a list from Parrots to Chickens and even geckos and snakes. Even with all that Stuff still happens....

    Also Time of year is a factor you have to consider. If its cold where you are then order your chicks but order them to be shipped in a warmer month.

    Last edited: Feb 13, 2012

  8. SuttonHeritageFarm

    SuttonHeritageFarm Songster

    Apr 30, 2011
    Jackson Springs, NC
    I vote feed store since I supply 2 in our area currently and hope to add 1-2 more this year! We also sell our chicks sexed to the just like the hatcheries, but without the stress to the chicks :)
  9. wvtim

    wvtim In the Brooder

    Feb 12, 2012
    Look on craigslist for your area - if your willing to drive 30 - 50 miles to pick up chicks, you can usually find what you want. I have found all the chickens I have through craigs list. Shipping day old chicks is a crap shoot.
  10. debid

    debid Crowing

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    I found a local supplier via Craigslist and highly recommend going local if you can. Shipping is stressful for chicks. Yes, chicks survive it every day but I chose to avoid it because I could.

    There is a board on BYC called Where am I/Where are You and if you ask there, people in your area can advise you on where they get their chicks and the good/bad of the local options.

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