They are finally here!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by fancyfowl4ever, May 8, 2008.

  1. fancyfowl4ever

    fancyfowl4ever Songster

    Mar 17, 2008
    Cranbrook, BC, Canada
    What a happy day.

    I got a Call from the Kalispell, MT Post Office at 7 am this morning that my chickies that Ideal send on their way yesterday, have already arrived!!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Amazing how quickly they got up here.

    Anyhow, I have been both looking forward and dreading this day. I was happy to get all these colours and breeds I normally cannot get here but on the other hand was really nervous how long shipping would take(McMurray takes 3 days to get their chicks to the Montana/Canada border, so I am amazed Ideal took less then 24 hrs) and the death toll due to such stressful long way shipping..

    Well, so I got in my car this morning for the 2.5 hr trip to Kalispell and the drive went really well, opened all 3 boxes at the PO to check for dead ones and only had 2 dead(a dark cornish and a white tailed buff OEGB), and one very weak and still fighting(kraienkoppe I think) out of all 276 chicks they send me. Not too bad I think.

    So back up to the border we went, no problems at the crossing(they kinda looked at me funny when I handed them the healthpapers and said I am got 276 baby chicks with me). Dropped them off at all their owners on my way back home, so by the time I was home I was left with my own 108, healthy, active babies.

    Ideal was awesome when it came to keeping me informed when they were short on a breed(white tailed red OEGBs, but gave me some more of the chocolates in return), and the labeling of the boxes was wonderful, all chicks were boxed accordingly to whom they go(Shared the order with 5 other people, could of been very confusing if I had to pick out everyones birds).

    So for any Canadian out there thinking of ordering from them, I recommend them highly.

    Anyhow, here are some pics of the lil buggers, they look a bit tired but that is because they have been home for less then an hour(I am just as tired, 5 hr drive for baby chicks..... and I would do it again).

  2. turnerstar31

    turnerstar31 Songster

    Jul 18, 2007
    cute babies and wow that is a lot of chicks
  3. Wow--SO CUTE! I'm still trying to find someone to split an order with me. Sighs.
  4. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing

    Mar 25, 2008
    WOW! [​IMG] 108 chicks!!! I can't even imagine! I felt like I had my hands full when I bought 18 this past go round. Sheesh! 108!!! Can you tell I'm shocked?!?! [​IMG]

    They are adorable! Congrats! [​IMG]

    I forgot to add that I am very impressed that Ideal got them there so quickly. [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 8, 2008
  5. jeaucamom

    jeaucamom Songster

    Oct 1, 2007
    Ophir, CA
    WOW!!! They are unbelievaably cute!! What are the light gray ones? What a happy healthy bunch of babies.... Enjoy!!
  6. love-my-wolves

    love-my-wolves Songster

    Mar 14, 2008
    Front Royal, VA
    Awe, so cute! Congrats!!! [​IMG]
  7. fancyfowl4ever

    fancyfowl4ever Songster

    Mar 17, 2008
    Cranbrook, BC, Canada
    Those lil light grey ones are either chocolate OEGBs or chocolate splash OEGBs, there is only 1 distinct brown one so I think all the other grey lil guys a choc. splash.

    Ya, I couldn't believe it when the PO called, the hatchery said they should of arrived latest tomorrow morning(which I already found hard to believe).

    108 does seem like a lot 15 are meat birds(black, red and whites, 5 of each colour), 34 st run OEGBs(with my luck 98% roos, which will all have to go) and then I ordered from every breed on my list at least 2 males and 4 females(to hopefully end up with 1 pair when they are all grown up after possible shipping losses, health issues etc). If I already spend the money to bring in chicks and go through all the hassle I want to do it right and get a few breeds/colours I cannot get here. Charge of healthpapers is the same no matter how many chicks you bring over.

    Chicks are cheap in the US, here you pay $8 per straight run chick from the closest hatchery, and there you can only pick from EEs, Dark Brahmas, Buff Orps, and Black Aussies. Min order of 25 chicks, and $25 min for shipping. Hatcheries at the other end of Canada charge less for chicks($4 -$6, still straight run tho) but only ship via air and that costs min $150.....

    In the end it was cheaper per person to order chicks from the US, even with the health papers($60 split by 6) and Shipping($32 split by 6) and we get at least quadruple the selection, plus most large fowl breeds we can get sexed.

  8. Tutter

    Tutter Songster

    Apr 12, 2008
    N. California
    Congratulations on the babies, and such a good experience with Ideal!

    They a cute lot of fuzzballs! [​IMG]
  9. mmajw

    mmajw Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    Wish you were closer to me I would split it with you. They look wonderful.

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