Ordering Pullets

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Kuntry Klucker, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. Kuntry Klucker

    Kuntry Klucker Thekuntryklucker.blog

    Jun 9, 2010
    Tennesee Smoky Mts.
    Hi All,
    We are just getting into the chicken keeping hobby. Can anyone tell me how well ordering pullets go? How they arrive?
    and what is the best hatchery to order from? In your experience and opinion.

  2. rhoda_bruce

    rhoda_bruce Songster

    Aug 19, 2009
    Cut Off, LA
    As far as accuracy goes, I had 100% and I used Cackle.
    But I have in the past used McMurray and had the same results. The guarantee live delivery and send a bit extra to insure you will get your order. I have ordered 30, got 33 and saved 32, so I was satisfied.
  3. Kuntry Klucker

    Kuntry Klucker Thekuntryklucker.blog

    Jun 9, 2010
    Tennesee Smoky Mts.
    Okay, that is good to know. I have ordered live plants before but never
    animals. It is good that they put a few more in. Thanks for your
  4. wjallen05

    wjallen05 Songster

    Apr 8, 2008
    North Georgia
    I really like Ideal. It's the only place I've ever ordered from. I think I've had 5 orders and I have been very happy with each one. I have lost a few chicks (not many) that were either DOA or died the next day (in two shipments I didn't loose any), and they are always good about refunding my money. They also have an excellent selection and low prices, also low shipping cost.
  5. tammyd57

    tammyd57 Songster

    I've ordered from several hatcheries and have always had good luck with getting the number of pullets I ordered. However, if you order a small amount of chicks (usually less than 25) the hatchery may put in extra chicks for warmth in shipping. The extras are called 'packing peanuts' in this instance and are usually MALE. If you order the hatcheries' minimum, then usually any extras are whatever you ordered.
  6. zDoc

    zDoc Songster

    Apr 7, 2010
    Farmington NM
    I ordered 15 from Meyer Hatchery in April and all 15 are still alive and well. I would order from them again for sure. Very friendly also.
  7. I've ordered from McMurray twice. I know they are not top show quality chickens, but the price and variety is what caught me. Out of 2 orders (30 and 32 chicks) only one was lost in the first week, and only a few others were lost later.
    They come in a small cardboard box with holes in it , and both times when I set my order date to the week of whatever monday seemed convenient, the PO called me at 6-7AM sunday telling me I was free to come to the back door and pick them up if I didn't want to wait for the next day delivery.
    Try to pick an delivery date that will be warm!
  8. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Songster

    Feb 25, 2009
    Echo Homestead
    I have really good luck with privithatchery.com, and theyre one of the few that still have good prices. This last shipment I did lose almost all my cochins, I still dont know why, but they refunded me NO QUESTIONS ASKED.

    I have ordered from them many times and this it the first time I have lost anything.

    I have had most of their egg laying breeds and am very pleased with their quality and temperaments. EXCEPT for their marans. they SUCK.
  9. bigoakhunter

    bigoakhunter Songster

    Jul 29, 2009
    I have had good luck with both Ideal and Estes Hatcheries. Estes has excellent Welsummers! From good bloodlines. Their customer service this year was wonderful.
  10. tryingtohaveitall

    tryingtohaveitall Songster

    Mar 17, 2009
    SW Ohio
    I got my 1st flock from Mt. Healthy last year and they did very well. Out of 15, all were healthy, only 1 was mis-sexed. I still have 11 of my original 13 hens.

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