Ordering from hatcheries

Jul 23, 2021
Southern Idaho
Hello! I have never ordered from a hatchery before. I am looking to start a flock of chickens again, and because I am wanting to get around 20, I thought I would order from a hatchery. But my question is, when you have the chicks shipped, how can you plan for a day that they need to be picked up? The hatcheries I have looked into ship on specific days, but can't guarantee that the chicks would arrive on a specific day for pickup at the post office. For people with jobs that can't just stay home for a 2-3 day window and wait on a call from the post office, is ordering from a hatchery off the table? There are only a few small hatcheries in my area that I could pick up from directly, but none of them have the breeds I want. In the past I have gotten my chicks from Tractor Supply, but I can't guarantee they will have the breeds I want either... I am hoping some of you with experience in ordering from hatcheries can let me know if there is a way to do this or if I am out of luck. Thank you in advance!
My Pet Chicken ships 1 day old on Monday and you will get them early Wednesday morning. Your post office will call you. Let the post office know and you can pick up before the even open. Oh, and you can track the little peeps.


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Premium Feather Member
Mar 10, 2019
If you order through TSC, Atwood's, Orsheln, or other farm/ranch store, the store will receive your chicks, let you know they've arrived and care for them until you pick them up. Most of those places are open until 9 pm so you can even swing by after work.

You can order anything the hatchery sells through the store, too; youre not limited to the breeds the stire stocks.


Previously AstroDuck
Premium Feather Member
Aug 28, 2020
I ordered from Meyer recently and my order shipped by noon on the day they were supposed to hatch. Tracking# was immediately emailed and updated on the order page. They arrived at my post office on time on Wednesday morning (shipped Monday morning). My post office called me at 6:30 in the morning and allowed me to go pick my chicks up before they even opened. All chicks were very healthy, active and correct. I couldn't be more pleased with my Meyer!

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