What am I supposed to do?

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by SamJB, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. SamJB

    SamJB Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 19, 2011
    Hope this is the right forum-

    So I'm well informed about raising chickens from chicks. I want three chicks, But I can't spend thirty dollars on shipping from mypetchicken! And Ideal Poultry is okay, but there's not much else to buy that's useful other than poultry to spend the minimum 25 dollars. Most online stores have a minimum number of animals to buy to ship. The closest hatcheries in my state are 2 hours away, so I'm in a bit of a pickle. Any advice?
  2. coloradochick

    coloradochick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 19, 2007
    Brighton, CO
    Hi, have you checked your local Craigslist ads? We always have people needing to rehome chicks or chickens [​IMG]
  3. bawkbawkbawk

    bawkbawkbawk Chillin' With My Peeps

    You can usually pick up a few chicks from your local feed store or Tractor Supply. Sometimes you can even order specific breeds. The feed store will order from a hatchery in quantities of 25 or 50 or more and sell to individual customers. Good luck!
  4. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    Most of the hatcheries have a better shipping price on larger orders. Have you considered getting a larger order (25 perhaps?) and selling the ones you don't want to keep, locally? Look on Craigslist and see what chicks in your area are going for, then do the math to see if you can break even or perhaps even make a profit. Doing this worked out very well for me one year when a hatchery had a special that included free shipping. I was able to place the order, keep a few for myself, sell the rest and double my money.
  5. SamJB

    SamJB Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 19, 2011
    We have a fleet farm, but I wasn't aware they sold the actual chicks, I haven't seen any of them before.

    And I have checked craigslist, but not much recently in my area [​IMG]
  6. S.L.Swope

    S.L.Swope Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2011
    San Antonio
    What state are you in maybe you can find some people online here that would go in on a order with you if you live close enough together. I think I'll be ordering from Ideal when I'm ready, to get to $25 thats only 10 chickens, I only want 3-5 so I'll be selling the rest on craigslist when I get them, may keep a few extra just incase of casualties along the way since I'm new to this and sure to make mistakes and sexing is only 95% there's always a chance of getting a roo when you order pullets. [​IMG]
    :lol:Good Luck
  7. SamJB

    SamJB Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 19, 2011
    My local tractor supply branch is 2 hours away also. [​IMG]

    I'll call fleet farm, but I'm not sure if they still purchase from hatcheries this late in spring.
  8. RiddleMe

    RiddleMe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2011
    Central Oregon
    You might also talk to the fleet farm and see if they know any breeders in your area. Our only feed store that is still carrying chicks is getting them from a local breeder.
  9. bawkbawkbawk

    bawkbawkbawk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Swope's idea is a good one and it worked for me. I found someone through our local feed store to share an order of chicks with me. 5 for her and 5 for me. We ordered from Mypetchicken so I was able to get all females and exactly the breeds I want.
  10. SamJB

    SamJB Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 19, 2011
    I found a farm 40 minutes down, and they mostly sell beef but their chicks are hatching soon and the farmer is asking his wife if he can sell them.

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