Which Hatchery do you recommend?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Smiely222, Nov 1, 2014.

  1. Smiely222

    Smiely222 In the Brooder

    Jun 27, 2012
    Hi, I was wondering what peoples opinions are of these two hatchery's Meyer Hatchery and Murray Mcmurray. Don't know which one i should order from.
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    I've never ordered from Mcmurry. But Meyer hatchery is great! Chicks and supplies are good!
  3. Free Feather

    Free Feather Songster

    Really, if you can, you should not order from any big hatchery like that. They are not very nice people, to sum it up. If you want chicks, it is more humane to find someone around who has them. Or just get ex-batt rescues.
  4. matt44644

    matt44644 Songster

    Sep 14, 2014
    Sanilac County,Michigan
    All 15 chicks i ordered from Meyers are doing great.The dominiques started laying at 19 weeks.See which one is closer to your location then decide.
  5. matt44644

    matt44644 Songster

    Sep 14, 2014
    Sanilac County,Michigan
    I had 0 problems from people at Meyer and 0problems with the birds.Yes it is great to be able to accommodate rescue hens.That is probably not best for newcomers.
  6. Free Feather

    Free Feather Songster

    When I say they are not nice, I mean they hatch chicks and treat them like they are objects in a factory. I just would not pay someone to factory make chicks, sort them, and ship them like products. If you have a choice, find a breeder. A bit less cruel.
  7. Free Feather

    Free Feather Songster

    You likely would not have to worry about health issues and death from stress either.
  8. TaraBellaBirds

    TaraBellaBirds Songster

    Jul 13, 2013
    SW Kansas
    Hatchery birds are a good way to start a flock. They are less expensive and bred specificly for eggs and/or meat. Keep in mind that hatchery birds tend to not be anywhere near the standard of breeds, and the roos (even if you order pullets you are likely to get a couple roos) can be aggressive, even the docile breeds. That said I have delt with both hatcheries, but Murray has amazing customer service and the birds I have recived from them (over 100 and only 1 early loss) are super healthy and arrive quickly. Good luck on choosing your new additions
  9. Paigej

    Paigej In the Brooder

    Jun 29, 2012
    Houston, TX
    I just received some birds from McMurray last week. Super healthy and active little ducks and the customer service was top notch.
  10. LanceTN

    LanceTN Chirping

    Aug 31, 2014
    My only hatchery experience was with Meyer. I chose them because they had better availability on the breed I wanted.

    So far all of my birds, 19, have been healthy and strong. Also the rep I communicated with about some questions I had was very nice and responded quickly.

    I wouldn't hesitate to use them again

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