minimum order number

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Turkeyrun, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. Turkeyrun

    Turkeyrun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,
    we recently lost our first small flock of chickens to raccoons. We are in the process of enhancing security and getting ready to try again. I would like only 10 - 12 chicks, debating between Americanas, Silver Laced Wing Wyandottes or Barred Rock or a mix. Pros and cons of each breed welcome.

    I split and order of chicks with friends the first time to meet the minimum. Can anyone recommend a hatchery with a min order of less than 25. Or, is it necessary to ship that many together for health reasons?

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  2. Imp

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  3. CalebtheChicken

    CalebtheChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup, Mypetchicken.com
    They have wonderful costumer service.
     
  4. backwoodsman4life

    backwoodsman4life Out Of The Brooder

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    ideal poultry has no minimum on birds. The only requirement is you spend $25.00 + shipping. I ordered 5 silver laced wyandottes from them and got 15 chicks. The other 10 chicks are I believe Buff Orfington chickens. BTW it don't have to buy $25 in chickens either. It can be 1 chick and a book if you wanted to. [​IMG] The chicks I got arrived healthy and active. I did loose 1 chick 2 days after they arrived but Ideal refunded me the money for the one.
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    This is our chicks from ideal at about 10 days old. they grow up so fast:hit

    www.ideal-poultry.com
     
  5. oliviad51

    oliviad51 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes, mypetchicken.com is a minimum of 3 chicks. Its a great website and I have always had good experience with it. The chicks are nice and healthy too...in fact, I shoud be getting some chicks in the next few days from them.[​IMG]
     
  6. PetChickenBoo

    PetChickenBoo Out Of The Brooder

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    I just got 4 chicks from Meyer Hatchery. Their minimum is 3 however. My Pet Chicken will only send three if you live within 30 minutes of a major city and the further out you live, the more chicks you need to buy. Since I live at least an hour from a big city I went with Meyer. My chicks from Meyer arrived in great shape and are a week old today and doing fine thus far. Good luck![​IMG]
     
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    NYRIR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Pet Chicken was great to me! I ordered a couple of different shipments...mine all came in fine. My friend however did get one DOA but when she called,they refunded her card. All the others are doing very well [​IMG] I would recommend them.
     
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    As someone already posted, MPC's 3 chick minimum is only if you live within a certain distance of a major city. The minimum goes up the further out you live.
    Also, as mentioned Ideal has a minimum total $ amount, not a minimum chick amount. If you don't want the "packing peanuts" chicks, which will almost certainly be 100% male, specify it when you order. You'll have to pay a small postal insurance fee but you won't be trying to find homes for a bunch of cockerels either. I received the number I ordered from Ideal in June, without a single packing peanut added.
     
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    jenn-E Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also went with Ideal, partly because their shipping costs are much less (they also had Brabanters that I really wanted). To ensure that I wouldn't get packing peanuts, I asked the minimum number of chicks they would normally ship with the weather. They told me 12, so I ordered 16 (chicken math you know!). I did not get any extras, and I did not have to pay any extra insurance (there is a small order fee).
     
  10. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Cackle will do 15 as a minimum. They will also do smaller orders but charge a bunch more per chick. I'm not sure if they have all your breeds. I'd suggest you get 5 of each, total of 15. They may include an extra or two to help keep them warm or to make up for possible losses, but I would not expect very many packing peanuts this summer since it is so warm. In colder weather they will probably ship extras.

    With my order of 27 chicks from Cackle, I got 28 chicks. I had ordered 6 straight run Buff Orps. My packing peanut was also a Buff Orp. Out of 6 Buff Orp straight run order, I got 7 Buff Orp pullets. No roosters.
     

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