TSC never got their last chick shipment!

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by Newchickymama37, Apr 27, 2018.

  1. Newchickymama37

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    I was planning to get more chicks at TSC as their last shipment until fall was supposed to come in on Wednesday but today they still haven’t heard anything from the post office! I am probably going to order some but I looked online at one hatchery last night and the prices were outrageous! Any Just be very aware of your surroundings!suggestions on where to order from that has a good selection and decent prices?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

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    If you want good service, try Cackle Hatchery.
    If you want rare breeds but poor customer service, try Sandhill Preservation.
     
  3. Newchickymama37

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    Good service, definitely!
     
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  4. Farmer Connie

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    That's what chicks cost to TSC an Rural king. They sell them below their cost because they want to sell you feed/bowls/feeders/lamps/fencing.posts/wire/hardware cloth/nails/medications/bedding and keep coming back as a repeat customer.
    That hurts us as a small time hatchery. We sell our chicks for $5 & up depending on the breed. We have people ask us why we are charging double of Rural king's prices.. We say because were not making any money by selling feed/bowls/feeders/lamps/fencing.posts/wire/hardware cloth/nails/medications/bedding.
    If we sold our chicks for $2.39, it would not even cover or time/labor & efforts.
    TSC & Rural King sell at a loss to regain a steady flow of new repeat customers coming in to buy high value items.
     
  5. penny1960

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    Actually see who has chicks on your state thread home grown can be true to breed
    tsc is always hatchery birds so a crap shoot on breeds
     
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  6. Newchickymama37

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    That’s a good idea except when I look on my state thread every post is YEARS old! I wish it could be updated somehow or have a new post started.
     
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    Excellent points.
    Walmart sells eggs for less than they buy them for to bring in customers.
    A commercial egg producer can't produce eggs for what Walmart sells them for.
    It is a practice used throughout sales called a loss leader. Car dealers will put a low priced car in their ads to bring people in hoping to sell them up to a higher priced vehicle.
    I sell chicks for $11 each. Which doesn't cover the expense of improving the breed and everything else involved.
     
  8. Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie All My Friends Have Hoofs

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    We get 11 bucks for our red/blue splash w-dottes and 10 for our blue austra's and 8 to 9 for mottled java's. 7 for run of the mill cliche breeds like barred rock/RIR/Jersey Giants/Buffs. $5 for barnyard mix. Like you said, barely covers your expenses.
    Big hatcheries have employee payroll to cover, high dollar equipment payments and endless other expenses. Shipping containers.. on and on.
    We offer breeds that TSC/R.K. doesn't carry at the time. Some people who call us up for pricing call us "Highway robbery" and say that were taking advantage of people. Then we have to explain the economic of marketing strategy practiced by retail stores.
    We just sold a box of 20 chicks to a mom & pop feed store. As a trade for feed for our flocks. The value of the feed equaled the value of our asking price of those breeds. They actually paid less for the chicks because the feed they sell is marked up above their distributor's price. They too have a sign up asking $3 each/min 4. They are spending money to make money. If nobody had backyard chickens, they couldn't sell as much high value items as well. Retailers flood our communities with chicks so they can prosper and stay out of the red.
    Big business chicken farms don't buy their feed from TSC. The flooded with chicks local economy does.
    By buying $15 in chicks and a $750 coop.:jumpy
     
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  9. penny1960

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    Might see if there is a Virginia state thread that is active I will look for you
     
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