Need help finding Cornish X for best price

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by fairestfinches, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. fairestfinches

    fairestfinches Out Of The Brooder

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    I have been keeping my Australorps for laying for about a year now and have been collecting eggs every day. With the laying hens doing very well I decided to try my hand at meat birds, and I bought some Cornish X a few weeks ago from my local farm supply. I figured start small with about ten and see how they I did with them. They are doing very well also so now I'm ready to move up to say 50 with my next batch. I don't want to get more than because we aren't supposed to have chickens in our area because of covinence.

    Anyway, I'm trying to see if I can find a hatchery (big or small) that I can get the birds from cheaper than my farm supply. I payed $1.19 per chick straight run and no shipping cost. I've done some searching, but I have not had much luck. Shipping seems to kill any savings on the cost per chick. Does any one know of a hatchery that would have a price low enough with shipping That can beat that?

    Any help is most apreciated,
    Sean
     
  2. TexasVet

    TexasVet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can't tell you from memory which is cheapest, but you can find a list of hatcheries at www.CountryChickens.com. Check Schlecht hatchery first... their chicks are about 85 cents each, and shipping isn't too bad if you're close.

    As a rule, if the chicks are cheap, the shipping is outrageous. If the shipping is cheap, the chicks are overpriced.

    Kathy in Bellville TX
     
  3. ghulst

    ghulst Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a good price at your store.
     
  4. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    McMurray will be the cheapest one if you want to get them from a hatchery or Sandhill Preservation. Ideal will be cheap too but the shipping would be a killer for you. I remember a friend of mine get her Cornish Xs from U of I and I dont know how much she paid for it but it was cheaper than MM.

    Besides, i have visited your store some time ago and awesome birds!!!! Love the items and supplies for birds as well and hope you will add chicken and poultry stuff in there!

    There is two feed/farm stores off the main drag of Springfield. One I remember is the Farm and Feed Store and they do have their chick days. Maybe they will have their chicks there for you to purchase if you need some.
     
  5. fairestfinches

    fairestfinches Out Of The Brooder

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    Everyone, Thanks for the replies.


    Ewesheep,

    Thanks for the heads up on the farm stores. I bought my first ten cornish X from Farm & Home, and I get my feed from them right now. I'm in the process of lining up feed to offer for sale, but have not been able to just yet. I'm also thinking about getting my egg selling license. (incredibly cheap and easy in Illinois) I would love to increase my chicken operation, but Michele already gives me the stink eye [​IMG] when I mention breeding chickens. She thinks the finch empire should be enough. [​IMG] I'll keep trying though. She did finally relent and let me get my meat birds, [​IMG] and agrees after getting these that we should get more next week if I can find them. Sometimes it takes baby steps to get where you really want to be.

    Thanks for the compliment on the store. We have recently moved the store from Macarthur back out to our place in the country where we started. We still carry all of the products we had at the store in town, we just don't have the show room like we did. Utilities were 3x as much as we were told that they would be. Given the higher utilities we had to either move back to our place in the country or raise our prices considerably to cover the high utility cost. We decided to move rather than raise prices since the economy has been so bad. Our address is 116 Gabbert Rd. Springfield IL 62707. We had to switch back to our original phone number as well 217-487-6000. Give us a call if your headed our way and I'd be happy to give directions if you need them.

    Sean
     
  6. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    Yes that is the one on MacArthur and hubby and I enjoyed that place. Sorry the utilities are bad, ours are too!

    Maybe mail order would be the way to go for your meat birds. Who knows, Michelle might like those cuties and get some egg layers later down the road! [​IMG]
     
  7. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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  8. fairestfinches

    fairestfinches Out Of The Brooder

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    bigzio-

    Thanks will call them and see what they say.

    Sean
     
  9. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

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    I used welp hatchery and they had the best prices including shippign cost for me (northeast) so you may have a better price being closer.
    hoppy
     
  10. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

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    Quote:Nope, looks like a better price than I pay. Where you get them again [​IMG]
     

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