Where to get chicks

I am wondering if I should get chicks for tractor supply or shipped from my pet chicken


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lutherpug

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I am wanting some chicks, but the breeds I want are to standard, but I am worried about the chicks.
Where do you live? MPC drop ships from Ohio. I've ordered from them several times and have always received my chicks within 2 days-I live in the Kansas City area. Of the 40 or so chicks I've ordered from them, I've had zero sexing errors, no dead on arrivals. I did cull 2 that were not well and would not have survived but I'll take these odds. If you are on the east side of the country I wouldn't hesitate to use them.
 

rosemarythyme

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I personally prefer to get them at a feed store because they're the ones that absorb any losses (I don't want to open a box and find dead chicks) and it also gives you the opportunity to get a good look at the chicks you're getting. I'm one of those people at the feed store telling the employee working the chick area "No, not that one, grab the one running away! Grab 2 different colors!" etc.

A local private breeder is also an option if especially if there's more unusual breeds you're interested in.

If you're planning to get a LOT of chicks, then costwise it'd probably be cheapest to have them shipped, as the feed store marks up prices since they need to turn a profit.
 

aart

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I am wanting some chicks, but the breeds I want are to standard, but I am worried about the chicks.
What exactly are you worried about?

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Ace135

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I personally prefer to get them at a feed store because they're the ones that absorb any losses (I don't want to open a box and find dead chicks) and it also gives you the opportunity to get a good look at the chicks you're getting. I'm one of those people at the feed store telling the employee working the chick area "No, not that one, grab the one running away! Grab 2 different colors!" etc.

A local private breeder is also an option if especially if there's more unusual breeds you're interested in.

If you're planning to get a LOT of chicks, then costwise it'd probably be cheapest to have them shipped, as the feed store marks up prices since they need to turn a profit.
I was wanting a about 35 to 40 chicks
 

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