my pet chicken reviews

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by seacowst, May 21, 2012.

  1. Homespao

    Homespao Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 10, 2015
    The problem is more than just a $3.50 chick that turns out to be a roo...especially if you end up with a couple or even more. now that i live in town i am limited not only to hens but also not too many chickens. So if you only order a few for a backyard flock and 1 or 2 end up being roos, you cant always order another minimum quantity for limitation reasons. And the refund, if you can get it from MPC (which I couldnt), is just a pittance compared to what you spent on shipping, feed until MPC (not you) decides its a cockerel, electricity for brooder lights, shavings, chick grit, water, any treats you give, etc. after my last batch i decided no more chicks. I am now buying juvenile pullets. They are cheap from reputable breeders i have found on craigs list. About $15 ea for four beautiful 6-10 wk old sussex, blue copper marans, welsummer. I have found point of lay pullets for the same price or even cheaper. I may have to drive a bit, and im not too far from a big metro area, but it is so worth it! Luckily i found a mother/daughter breeder in lawrence, ks who has beautiful birds and a large variety of breeds who cater to the backyard chicken community.
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  2. PurtyGertie

    PurtyGertie Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 20, 2015
    Coastal Georgia

    From what I understand, your orders sexing success rate could be based on where your chicks are shipped from. I.e. they ship from a hatchery nearest to your physical location, and whomever is sexing at that particular hatchery may do a better job than someone at a different geographical location. (Again, this is just what I have gathered.)

    Roosters aren't the end of the world by any means, and I wasn't overly frustrated with having received one. However, when you aren't allowed to have roosters by city ordinance and/or you are restricted to the number you can have by the space you are working with (and those 2 roosters take up a good chunk of that number), it becomes frustrating. I was also very pleased with customer service, until she didn't follow through with returning my call. The 100% guarantee is awesome and great on MPC for offering it...however, this doesn't do anything to help with the lost cost of $65.00 worth of shipping for 2 roosters that I didn't want, can't have, and that cost $3.50 a piece.
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Peeps are a-peeping Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Funny, I order from them every year, you think I would know that. I guess I have not had that trouble, so it was not important enough to notice.
  4. ninjawesome

    ninjawesome Currently being awesome Premium Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    Wild, Wild West
    I have a neighbor who ordered from them and overall, they seemed very pleased.
  5. doubleatraining

    doubleatraining Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2011
    Franklinton, NC

    I understand not wanting more. You can get the replacement chicks and then find homes for the 2 you don't have room for. OR you can let them know about the mistake and they will refund you for the 2 chicks plus 1/2 the shipping costs. ;)
  6. PurtyGertie

    PurtyGertie Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 20, 2015
    Coastal Georgia

    Good onformation, thanks! Maybe I'll get a little further in the process with having two chicks incorrectly sexed, and if anything get some shipping refunded. MAYBE I'll give them a second chance since so many others have great luck...

    It's also really frustrating because now I'm attached to one of the roosters. :bow
  7. RoyinIndiana

    RoyinIndiana New Egg

    Aug 31, 2015
    I would not order from them again. I placed an order. one of the chicks was missing. One was hurt so bad it was not going to survive.
    I asked them to send replacements, and they would only replace them if I ordered at least 15 more chickens.

    Very poor way to treat a customer.

    I had also ordered a bunch from Myers, I noticed both batches of chickens came from the same place. They must be linked.
  8. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2013
    I and some friends have ordered several times from My Pet Chicken. On the plus side all peeps that arrived alive stayed alive and the sexing errors were well within the amount stated. In fact one rooster missexed only so can't complain there.
    That said, I probably won't be ordering from them or any shipped chicks in the near foreseeable future.
    The first problem was definitely not their fault. I ordered chicks that were lost for a day in the mail. They arrived two full days after other MPC orders with 25% of the order DOA. These were some hard to get breeds that I really wanted and unfortunately by then they were sold out for the year so I wasn't able to get these breeds. It was the post office's fault that the shipment was misplaced for two days at the same time we had unseasonably cold frigid weather.
    However when I mentioned this to MPC, they said had I ordered one or two more or asked, they would have included an extra heat pack.
    They're the ones with shipping experience so they should know how many to put in.
    This year my husband made up an order of 6 bantams that he wanted and 2 anconas and realized the shipping at 40.00 added over 5.00 to the price of each chick so he cancelled.
    Thankfully we were able to find a local supply store that supplies all kinds of chicks reasonably priced, no shipping costs and were able to fill our order there. This store contains some interesting breeds that I haven't been able to locate in any hatchery so this is the route I think I will take in the future for new breeds plus I can now mostly sustain my own flock.
    What may be a plus or minus is that they don't include either any extras, even for a decent sized order or any packing peanuts, so if you lost any you're out of luck.
    They're reason for not including packing peanuts is that not everyone wants them, but if the weather turns unseasonably cold they can be a life saver so I don't see why the buyer shouldn't be given that option.
    While MPC is a decent place to get chicks, I've been happy with the birds I got through them, I do think they are a bit pricey and there are better options out there, both pricewise and breedwise (But maybe not depending where you live.) for when I want to add new breeds to my flock.
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2015
  9. kcomer

    kcomer Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 31, 2015
    I just want to say that I've read from many people on this site that Ideal doesn't sell "true" ameraucanas. Because of that reason I orders from MPC
  10. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

    Feb 25, 2014
    Northwestern Wyoming
    My Coop
    If I'm not mistaken, Ideal actually says on their website "Ameraucanas, also known as the Easter Egger bird" on their bird description chart. On their web sites MPC and Meyers do make a distinction between Ameracaunas and Easter Eggers. Since apparently MPC gets its chicks from Meyer that would make sense.

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