Mt. Healthy is great! I have ordered from them twice. If you order 10 chicks or more the small order fee is $10, much cheaper. I order 10 chicks.
Are you not close to Wilco or a farm store. I can buy just a few or a whole bunch, at about $3 to 4 dollars each. I see you are in Washington. They carried chicks thru until Oct. I would wait until Feb when they get their first order.So at Mt. Healthy Hatcheries, I was looking at the cost of chicks. I liked the prices until they told me about their "small" order fee. Does anybody know any good hatcheries that have fewer order fees?
I agree with this. I want to look at the chicks and pick out the healthyest or chose to have , Lets say different coloring so I can tell them apart, esp when they are freeranging, just me tho, not important. Healthy is the important point.There really isn't a "right way" to do it, both options have pros and cons, so as long as you're aware of that, you should be fine. Me - I don't want to deal with shipping losses and fees, don't want more than 3-4 chicks at a time, don't care about meeting some sort of breed standard, and do want to be able to say no to birds that look "off" to me for any reason, so feed store is fine for me.
Areyou so determined to get chicks now, that you cannot wait until Feb to buy them at a farm store? Sounds like they are firm about min order, for the health of shipping chicks, makes sense in the middle of winter esp.
This makes me so grateful for Farmway (a non-chain farm store. They also carry outdoor gear, clothes, furniture and kitchen and house stuff. I am guessing that all the other stuff pays for the feed, because they practically give that away, and I get my chicks for less than $3 each).
The answer is buried in the 6th page of the thread:Areyou so determined to get chicks now, that you cannot wait until Feb to buy them at a farm store? Sounds like they are firm about min order, for the health of shipping chicks, makes sense in the middle of winter esp.
What date are you looking for? Is this to order in advance (i.e. next spring or summer) or is it "now"?
So OP Alex S is trying to plan ahead for next spring, and wants to place the order now.Mid Spring to late spring