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Tractor Supply

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by barred2rock, Mar 5, 2017.

  1. barred2rock

    barred2rock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Has anyone ordered chicks from Tractor Supply online? They ship from Hoover's Hatchery in Iowa. Did they arrive in a timely manner? Where they healthy?

    I ordered Barred Rocks from Tractor Supply, simply because they were the only supplier I could find that would ship less than 15 chicks (10). And a bonus, they're 50 cents cheaper per bird at TS than from the actual breeders websites. :)
     
  2. BIggoMamma

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    No I haven't ordered online but they get their chicks from the same place as those chicks sold in the stores so should be the same. Thanks for advice.
     
  3. combatfuzzball

    combatfuzzball Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I recently ordered 10 Americana....BAsically Easter Eggers disguised as Americauna's. However they did ship 11 instead of just the 10 I ordered. DOwn side is 4 of the chicks were super small. 1 Died about a day and a half after arrival due to not wanting to eat or drink. Another started doing the same thing and while I was trying to nurse it back to health I found 1 had just keeled over dead.
    I've read on several sites about Americauna hatchlings being stubborn or stupid about not wanting to drink so I'm putting the 3 deaths down to breed issues and transport shock not TSC's fault.
    Of the remaining 8 they are doing awesomely as well as growing very fast. AT a week and a half most are starting to already get their feathers in. 3 have pronounced wing and tail feathers.
    Overall I'd say it was a great deal for the cost.
     
  4. combatfuzzball

    combatfuzzball Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oops Yeah the chicks arrived about 24 hours later and I live in Maine so from Iowa to Maine in 24 hours is pretty good.
     
  5. barred2rock

    barred2rock Chillin' With My Peeps


    That's great to hear (I mean the good part), unfortunately the ones I got, 3 were DOA and 5 of the others had died in less than 24 hours. One other I got locally (I think), doesn't look like she's gonna make it. I got three from the shipment & two (of three) I got locally, that appear to be doing well (fingers crossed they stay that way).

    -James
     
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  6. combatfuzzball

    combatfuzzball Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I got lucky with living in a small town. As the TSC site recommended I called the Post office before delivery and they took down my number and called me before 7 in the morning as soon as the chicks came in. I also rushed them into the homemade brooder and made sure they each took a drink of water I'd mixed with some electrolyte solutions for new chicks I bought at the local feed store.
    Sorry to hear about your losses. It may help to soften the chick crtumbles with water and fill their waterer with Pedialyte or even Gatorade. I've heard of several ppl using that to get their chicks over rough bumps.
    Hope your others are doing well.

    Mark
     
  7. barred2rock

    barred2rock Chillin' With My Peeps


    Thank you Mark! I too was able to pick up my chicks within minutes of them arriving to my local post office. The delivery truck was still off loading when I arrived. The issue was that the chicks were near dead in the box, I actually though all but one was dead until I started taking them out. There was no eating or drinking on their own. Only reasons the ones that did survive did, is because I hand watered them Electrolytes & Probiotics. Left to their own devices, 100% would have died. It appears the remaining five (three from the shipment) will make it (knock on wood).
     
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  8. combatfuzzball

    combatfuzzball Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sure you have let customer service have it. Sounds like a shoddy pack job and the little chicks paid for someone not doing there job right. I would request a refund or a reshipment. Good luck with the others
     
  9. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    Hi, TSC Americana,s are neither Easter Eggers or Ameraucanas. They are a true commercial breed of chicken from a 40 yr old European hatchery. That is, if they are getting them from Tetra Americana. See website.
    Best, Karen
     
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  10. combatfuzzball

    combatfuzzball Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey, Sorry but I checked their site and the chicks I got are no where near looking like those birds. I have one that appears to be crossed with a Golden Sebright and they're colors are nothing like those. Believe TSC get's theirs from Hoover's Hatchery.
     

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