Small Order TLC package - Pet chicken.

horsechick

Songster
12 Years
Nov 14, 2007
890
7
161
Eaton, Ohio
Hi,
Just had to laugh at this. What will they think of next.....
Went to see what they had available and saw their TLC packaging cr*p and had to laugh.......
What next?
So, basically, by the time you buy "3" and pay the TLC package you are really WAY better off putting an add in your hometown paper and buying local, support your local farmers.
Or buy a large quantity at another hatchery and then sell excess for $2-$3 to locals yourself.
Get cha coming or going huh?
Take care,
Angela
 

Enchanted Sunrise Farms

Crowing
12 Years
Apr 26, 2007
4,255
48
274
Fair Oaks, California
Well, in defense of mypetchicken.com, if that is who you are complaining about, i have found them very helpful. Not everyone wants to buy 25 chicks. Mypetchicken will let you buy as few as 3, plus they will sex them, even silkies. i purchased from them last year and was very happy with the 13 alive and healthy chicks that arrived. Sure, it is more economical to buy a large quantity from another hatchery, or buy chicks from your local feed store, but i think mypetchicken fills a very real need from people who want to pick their breed and sex, and just buy a couple chicks.
 

Enchanted Sunrise Farms

Crowing
12 Years
Apr 26, 2007
4,255
48
274
Fair Oaks, California
Quote:and yes, you are absolutely right, it is not easy finding homes for chicks you don't want. i just had a woman, a vet, who runs a non-profit org that teaches sustainable living through small farming, email me. i bought some Red Stars from her a couple months ago, and am very happy with my hens. She asked if i could tell my friends about her operation, to help adopt out more chicks. i'm totally happy to do that, as her pullets are super healthy, friendly, and productive. But the point is, not always easy to find good homes for good chickens.
 

Poulets De Cajun

Crowing
11 Years
Jun 14, 2008
5,251
82
309
Houston MetroMess, Texas
Well I do have to defend the TLC package, and the reason is this.

Usually the minimum order for chicks from a hatchery is 25. The chicks keep each other warm during shipping and decreasing the amount of chicks in the box decreases the amount of heat. So they have to supplement with heat packs etc. 25 chicks in a box, also decreases the amount of space they have to fly around and suffer injuries. So less than 25 requires extra material to take up the extra room.

I can understand HorseChicks point because $25 extra dollars does sound like a lot of extra money for hatchery birds, when you *may* be able to find them locally....

But I also understand the other side of it. That package is geared to the suburban, city dwelling folks that may not have a farmer with chicks close to them, and dont have the space for 25 birds. And then there is the city ordinances where they may be limited to 10 birds or less. It may be a little extra money that may seem absurd to some, but for these folks, it means backyard enjoyment from the birds we all love....
 

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