Small Chick Orders

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by horsewishr, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. horsewishr

    horsewishr Songster

    Jul 7, 2007
    West Michigan
    After reading the horrible fiascos that some people have experiened with their chick orders this spring, I'm really counting my blessings.

    I had three chicks shipped from Meyer Hatchery in Ohio (to Michigan) last month. I receieved FOUR healthy chicks. They arrived on day 4 our their lives (because the hatchery couldn't ship on Presidents' Day). All were very healthy and boisterous, despite temps in the SINGLE DIGITS. I was quite amazed.

    So was I stupid and just lucky? I had been reassured by the Hatchery that they'd do just fine--but in retrospect, I don't think it was wise. Does anyone else have any experince with small orders (good or bad)?
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    I ordered 7 from meyer's small order program - got 8 pullets.

    I got them early Tues morning (in NC) Other than the shipping costing more than the chicks (which I do understand), it was a great experience!
  3. horsewishr

    horsewishr Songster

    Jul 7, 2007
    West Michigan
    Quote:I completely understand, too. And where else can you get four pets for under $45.00??

    How do you know that your 8th chick is a pullet? I'm wondering about my extra chick. . .
  4. SweetLilRachy00

    SweetLilRachy00 Songster

    Oct 30, 2007
    Simpsonville, SC
    I thought Pullet was the term for an almost adult chicken, but not a chick yet?
  5. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    A pullet is a female chicken under the age of one year old. After that, she is called a hen.

    A male chicken under the age of one, is a cockeral.
  6. cgmccary

    cgmccary Songster

    Sep 14, 2007
    NE Alabama
    Did they pack them any differently? Can you take pictures? I am going to be sending chicks and would like to insure their survivability as best I can. If 4 made it in the cold, did they do anything special to the packaging? Just asking.
  7. horsewishr

    horsewishr Songster

    Jul 7, 2007
    West Michigan
    Yes, they were packed with a heat pack. They were in a very small box, which was packed with what looked like shredded paper bags. There was just enough room in the "nest" for the four chicks. Honestly, I don't know if the heat pack was still providing heat when they finally got here. There were VERY drawn to the heat lamp in my brooder box!!

    Sorry, I can't post pictures. I threw everything away.

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