Stromburg's Chickens - First mail-order chick experience

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by Cherstin, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. Cherstin

    Cherstin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ordered the minimum 25 of day-olds from Stromburg's Chickens, based out of Minnesota, on the 19th of October via their online order form, and received order confirmation via email the same day.

    On or around the 21st, I received a phone call in the afternoon saying that the chicks would be shipped on the 26th, and I should receive them at my post office within 48 hours following shipment. On the 25th, I got a letter in the mail with detailed instructions on what to do when they arrive, along with a receipt of purchase showing the ship date.

    This morning, the 28th, I got the phone call from the post office at 6am telling me the chicks had arrived. Yay! After picking them up, we got home to a box full of happy, live chicks. Not losing a single one from Minnesota to southwest Florida was amazing! [​IMG]

    They are gorgeous chicks, and they sent six extras. This is my first time ever seeing white babies ... I had leghorns a few years back, but they were yellow as babies. I ordered all d'Uccles in the varieties of Mille Fleur, Blue, Porcelain, and White. There are yellow chicks in the mix, too, so I'm not sure if the bonus chicks were of another bantam breed or not, as they do have feathering on their feet, too.

    I am very happy with my purchase and would definitely recommend Stromburg's for anyone considering them. I will post pics here if anyone is interested in seeing the quality, otherwise I will definitely be posting pics over the coming days once they finish getting settled in.

    Thanks for reading!
     
  2. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    Stromburg's is a very good place to get birds. I have some Runner ducks from them that turned out pretty nice. And I have a few different poultry breeds that turned out great for my free range flock.
     
  3. Cherstin

    Cherstin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Excellent! Thank you for sharing your positive experience, too! I was a little leary using them only because I'd never really heard ANYTHING about them, good or bad. Most people seem to use "the big three," (Meyer, Cackle, Ideal, or MyPetChicken which I think is Meyer) but I'm glad I gave them a shot. They are the only ones I could find who still had what I wanted available. [​IMG]
     
  4. Gresh

    Gresh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Congrats on your success! Would love to see pictures of the little things....
     
  5. Magic Birdie

    Magic Birdie Overrun With Chickens

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    Very exciting!

    Waiting for pictures [​IMG]
     
  6. thekid

    thekid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Strombergs doesnt have their own birds, so basically your paying more.
     
  7. Cherstin

    Cherstin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't think they were a hatchery, but from what I could gather, they did all the footwork for me by using their local suppliers. I don't mind to pay a bit more: they weren't available anywhere else, and I was chomping at the bit for more d'Uccle chicks after hatching two of my own!

    I have posted pics on the d'Uccle thread, as I was curious about the white chicks I received. As in that post, I apologize for the dirty brooder, but they just got here this morning and were "bathtub brooding" for the first part of the day, until I got the garage brooder up to temperature this afternoon. (It required another trip to Tractor Supply for another lamp and another set of feed and watering stations.) I can't believe how much these guys eat and drink, which translates later into "I can't believe how much these guys poop." Lol I can't wait until I can put some real bedding in there that I can scoop, unlike trying to peel poo off towels!

    Here are two pictures to get you started. There will be more once I have a clean brooder in the background!

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  8. teddiliza

    teddiliza Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:That's so awesome that they all made it and you had 6 extras! Can't wait to see more pics on the d'uccle thread as they mature!
     
  9. groundpecker

    groundpecker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I prefer to hatch my own, but hatching is not for everyone. I can usually see the breed stock in pictures before i buy or claim the eggs in a swap
     
  10. gingernutranger

    gingernutranger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Strombergs has a really good reputation. Our family has ordered from them for years. They sell stock from Duane Urch and a few other breeders so its usually pretty high quality.
     

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