New Minimum Size For Purchases From Hatcheries?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by gsim, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2009
    East Tennessee
    I cannot find a proper category for this, so here goes. Am wondering if anyone knows if minimum order size from various hatcheries may be changing ? [​IMG] I do know that many cities are now allowing small flocks of layers, usually between 6 and 8. I have a flock now numbering 19 that is 2 1/2 yrs old. Likely they are near the age of eligibility for 'freezer camp'. [​IMG] Thought we would order around 12 this time, and am wondering if anyone knows if hatcheries are adapting to the new surge of urban backyard chicken owners now allowed by law in so many cities? Seemed that min order has always been 24 from most hatcheries.

    Gerry [​IMG]
  2. danischi24

    danischi24 Loves naked pets

    Aug 17, 2008
    There are a few hatcheries such as My Pet Chicken that ship orders as small as 3 chicks. You pay more on shipping though. Most hatcheries have a buy less option & you just pay more.
  3. groundpecker

    groundpecker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2011
    Rison, Arkansas
    When it comes to buying chicks, you should always buy a few more than what you want when they are mature. Some may die and you could always sell, give away, or eat the extras.
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2011
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Meyers Hatchery fills small orders as well.
  5. SC-ChickMom

    SC-ChickMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 21, 2011
    Ideal has a $25 minimum not a chicken number minimum.
  6. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2009
    East Tennessee
    Thanks, Fred's Hens,

    Will keep them in mind. I bought my present flock from Meyers, spring '09. They seemed to be a good outfit to deal with. I have done no checking yet, but I thought it might be an interesting topic, what with the explosion of cities now allowing chickens in small numbers.

    Truth is, we are likely to keep others around and just add a half dozen this coming spring. Nearly half of them are pets now anyway. If we go out there and sit in camping chairs, pretty soon we will each have 3 or 4 sitting in our laps or on our shoulders or the arms of our chairs. [​IMG] Then again, we now only get around 6 eggs a day from them, but they are molting too.

    Gerry [​IMG]

    Fred's Hens :

    Meyers Hatchery fills small orders as well.​
  7. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

    May 8, 2007
    The only ones I know of are those already mentioned, Ideal, Meyers and My Pet Chicken.
  8. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 22, 2008
    Annetta Kentucky
    My pet chicken is NOT a hatchery. MEyer drop ships a lot of what you order from MPC.

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