Shipping to New England / Vermont Question

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by howtogrowanegg, Mar 13, 2009.

  1. howtogrowanegg

    howtogrowanegg In the Brooder

    Mar 4, 2009
    Hi All,

    New to BYC ... found the site after deciding with the family to raise some chickens for eggs this year. Trying to soak up as much info from this site and others on the 'net, but something started to bother me last night ...

    I've place an order with a hatchery and expect them at the end of March. The lady I ordered from over the phone said shipping to Vermont at that time shouldn't be a problem. They're coming from Ohio.

    Local farm stores aren't ordering until late April / early May. Do they know something that I don't?

    I'd like to have them earlier rather than later, but I don't want a box of ... well ... unusable chicks ... not to mention heart-broken kids.

    Has anyone else ordered this early with hatcheries in the Northeast or similar cold weather states?


  2. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    Just picked up a box of chicks today, all beautiful and healthy and perfect. I have ordered from Iowa usualy, and this year from Texas. Never had a problem.

    I usually do prefer a couple weeks later than this, but we got greedy! Plus they sold out of breeds I wanted for all the weeks after this until, like, July. I'd be more concerned about shipping in boiling hot weather than cold. In cold weather, they huddle together and do great.

    When we opened the box a couple hours ago, it was like eighty degrees in there- and temps were way below freeze here last night. closer to zero.

    I bet you'll be fine, even if you're way up north. I've see Michiganders on here posting about their new shipments and they are generally so much coler than us!

    Yay for your new chicks!
  3. blueseal

    blueseal Songster

    Jul 3, 2008
    i have a order being shipped april 1st my first time ordering. there comeing from cackle in mosouri and im here in maine so hopefully they will arive all alive and well. i chose this date for shipping and next weeks weather is saying in the upper 40s so hopefully it will stay that way for my shipment. i think they will be fine. counting the days until april 1st [​IMG][​IMG]
  4. howtogrowanegg

    howtogrowanegg In the Brooder

    Mar 4, 2009
    Thanks chickiebaby ... Glad to hear ... [​IMG]

    blueseal ... Yeah it getting eggciting for us, too. Sorry couldn't resist.

    We have a small flock of 10 Australorps and 10 Easter Eggers coming.

  5. fred123

    fred123 In the Brooder

    Mar 6, 2009
    Eastern Massachussets
    I am in Massachusetts, and am considering ordering from Ideal poultry, but they're in Texas!
    Should I order a few extra incase some pass?
    Also, I am wondering what time of year or temperature in best to order in around here
    They are the only small order hatchery I could find that has the 3 brahma varieties. If I don't order from them, I will need to find someone nearby who I can share an order with. [​IMG]
    youth 4-Her, rabbit raiser, sculptor, and operator of a rabbit and cavy "bed and breakfast"
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2009

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