Question about hatcheries and breeders that send extra chicks.

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by cupman, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. cupman

    cupman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have recently ordered 15 new chicks of about 9 different breeds from MyPetChicken.com. (I have a whole post about it if you care, page 1 or 2) I know that they are a broker and receive their birds from other hatcheries such as Meyer Hatchery and I was wondering if I should expect to receive any extra chicks to go along with. I have read several posts on this section of the forums and I've seen a number of times people saying how they ordered 10 birds and got 11 or 12, and so on. Which hatcheries do this? Anyone from MyPetChicken ever gotten extra? How do they decide which breed to give you extras on? Thanks.
     
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    MPC does not usually send extras, since their whole shtick is that you can order only 3 chickens, rather than 25.

    The big hatcheries send packing peanuts--usually males-- of the breeds they have the highest demand for. So if they have a big hatch of RIRs to cover their pullet orders, they grab a handful of unwanted RIR males to toss in.
     
  3. cupman

    cupman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ohhh tricky.. so what you are saying is you order a batch of pullets and they throw the unwanted males in as cushion in case of deaths? Why that's a bit sneaky.
     
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Quote:It's just to bring the number of chicks up to where they can be safely shipped......not to replace any of the pullets ordered.
     
  5. cupman

    cupman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh ok. I get it now.
     
  6. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    Packing peanuts probably aren't needed in the summer. They gets sent as a sort of living hot water bottle to keep the chicks warm in cool weather.
     
  7. N&MSchroeder

    N&MSchroeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have ordered from My Pet Chicken three times. The first two times, I ordered specific breeds (all pullets) and received the exact number/breed and thankfully, all pullets! The third time, I ordered their large fowl special (25 large pullets for $50 shipped. Great deal by the way and still a few available [​IMG] ) They sent 27, all alive and doing well at 4 1/2 weeks. Two chicks were a little bit smaller so maybe that is why they sent 27, but both of the small chicks are thriving. My selection included RIR, Red Stars, White Leghorns, White Rocks, Brown Leghorns, Welsummers, BR, and Cuckoo Marans. [​IMG] One of this bunch may be a cockerel, but still too early to tell. I really like this company. [​IMG]
     
  8. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote:It's just to bring the number of chicks up to where they can be safely shipped......not to replace any of the pullets ordered.

    Yes. There are two kinds of packing peanuts and it can vary by hatchery. Different hatcheries have different policies. Some, and probably most, hatcheries will sometimes use roosters to get the numbers up to help keep them warm during shipping. From what I can tell, that is usually dependent on the weather. But some hatcheries will throw in one or two extra of what you ordered if you have a big order, expecting that there might be some casualties during shipping. It is less expensive for them to ship an extra chick or two than deal with a casualty since most hatcheries will offer a refund or a credit if they die. I've got pullets of the breed I ordered as a packing peanut before.

    I don't lump all hatcheries together. I do think some are better than others purely because they have different people running them and setting policies.
     
  9. austintgraf

    austintgraf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Murray McMurray hatcher sends you a free rare breed chick everytime. I ordered twenty five and got 2 free [​IMG] both pullets and they got the rest of my order right too.
     
  10. prov31gal

    prov31gal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:oh HAHAHHAH! murry mcmurrys RARE breed! waht a joke! if a rir or a bo is rare! never heared of a rare chick being sent yet!
     

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