what is a good hatchery to order from?

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by ilovemydog, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. ilovemydog

    ilovemydog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm looking for a very few minimum chick purchase and low shipping rates what are some good hatcheries?
     
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2011
  2. Savannah Poultry

    Savannah Poultry The Source

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    I think my pet chicken is the only one that sells low minimums. But they charge an extra fee
     
  3. KBUGS

    KBUGS Out Of The Brooder

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    Ideal Hatchery has a min. order of 25.00. Many seem to be happy with their chickens from there.
     
  4. thechickeneer97

    thechickeneer97 Out Of The Brooder

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    i know my pet chicken has a small order limit, but if you want to get around 25 cackle hatchery is fairly cheap on price they have a website: www.cacklehatchery.com
     
  5. thekid

    thekid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Get them from meyer hatchery, mpc gets their birds from meyer so your just paying morr,ordering from mpc. And meyers limit is also three
     
  6. ilovemydog

    ilovemydog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How much is meyers shipping? thats the thing that bugs me. is like 30 dollars in shipping.
     
  7. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    I also buy from Meyer, but I live close enough to drive there. They are really nice people, and I've been lucky--they've never been wrong on the sex!
     
  8. TinyChickenLady

    TinyChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

    I ordered from Efowl. Their minimum is 15 but they throw in an extra one or two just in case. I think they have a pretty low price.
     
  9. chickenlady4321

    chickenlady4321 Out Of The Brooder

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    I also suggest Ideal because of there wide variety. Though you wont be getting perfect quality, not APA show quality. You can kinda expect that from most hatcheries. One I would NOT order from is sandhill....they are FULL of problems. There birds come sickly and the people are rude, rude, rude.
     
  10. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    If you want small numbers, try looking on Craigslist for someone with locally raised chicks.

    No matter how many you buy, the hatchery has to buy the expensive shipping box and shipping mat. For small numbers, they might include a heat pack. They still have to pay someone to pack your order and drive it to the post office and pay the postage for the whole box.

    If you get a lot of chicks, the price gets spread out over a lot of chicks. If you buy 2 chicks, then the whole shipping cost is only shared by 2 chicks.
     

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