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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by briteday, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. briteday

    briteday Songster

    Dec 16, 2008
    Northern NV
    I want to order three silkie day old pullets and six EE day old pullets. I've been on the MPC website but cannot find the cost for specific chicks and the cost for shipping. ??? I live in northern Nevada and they ship from Connecticut. Anyone have a clue?

  2. TillinWithMyPeeps

    TillinWithMyPeeps Waiting for Spring...

    Aug 22, 2008
    They will not post prices until the Chicks are available for pre-order in February.

    As far as shipping I found that it usually runs about $37 ($12 + $25 for the small order upgrade.

    Sexed EE non-bantam pullets will be about $3.50 each, and sexed Silkie pullets are $10 each.

    ETA: They do not actually ship out of CT, they usually ship from Meyer Hatchery in Ohio.
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  3. briteday

    briteday Songster

    Dec 16, 2008
    Northern NV
    Thanks! Shipping's a killer!

    We thought about buying straight run silkies (taking our chances with 50/50 ...2 of each color, blue and buff) at the feed store (they will re-home any roos for us). Hmmmm.... wonder what they will be charging for silkies and who they get them from...Hmmm.....
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Shipping is a killer. If you have the space, I'd go ahead and get a full order of 25 chicks, and sell any extras to maybe even break even!
  5. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    I feel like it costs a fortune to get a few chicks from MPC. I guess if that's all you can have it's worth it, but it's just seems outrageous to me.
  6. We're also doing a small order from them in Feb. Eight chicks is our minimum. Our coop is small but our ratio is in the dirt now. 3 roos to 10 hens! We need these pullets to even out our flock and keep the peace, but they HAVE to be hens and no more than eight, at that. Space is very limited.
  7. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Songster

    I wasn't patient enough to wait for MPC to put up their selection when I was decided to order in late Dec. / early Jan. Therefore I looked into another option.

    I only needed 6 to 8 pullets. I put an ad on craigslist and here at BYC and got more than enough folks to go in on the order with me. I actually had to turn away a few people because the order was getting too big. It took about 2 weeks to get it all organized before ordering. My final cost for my 8 chicks was about $20 with shipping from Welp. You could always go that route if another hatchery has what you are looking for.

    I have also heard people buy the full 25 and list them for sale after they arrive with success. Just make sure your extras are something popular like buff orpington or EE.
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  8. RW19290

    RW19290 Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Southern California
    Quote:I've ordered for there and shipping is EXPENSIVE. If you order under 10 chicks, they will charge you $20 for shipping. It's expensive, but they put heating pads and gro-gel inside the box! Good Luck. I'd recommend getting from Mt. Healthy. Their minimum is (I think) 15 and it's cheaper.
  9. Carpe DiHen

    Carpe DiHen Songster

    Feb 4, 2010
    El Dorado County, CA
    I ordered 6 chicks from MPC this month and I was charged $31.95. It's a long way to California... It is worth it to me because I do not want to raise too many chicks or try to find home for them. This is my first flock and I don't have a very big set up to raise the chicks, or a very big coop.

    My biggest worry has been what to do if I get a rooster. I'm just hoping they all arrive alive and as hens and it will be worth the cost for my small order.

    Good luck!
  10. newchickmom09

    newchickmom09 Songster

    Jul 15, 2009
    I think my shipping was around $30 for my 7 chicks. I think it is worth it though if you can only have a small amount of chickens. I got mine vaccinated and sexed and they turned out to all be hens.

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