Which hatchery to pick? Need help!

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by lolita117, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. lolita117

    lolita117 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2011
    Hestand, KY
    Okay back in the summer time I order from a hatchery for the first time. I got the Brown Egg Layers Special from Murray McMurray Hatchery. It was around $50 for 25 chicks (plus they threw in an extra and all were females!) and the shipping was reasonable. Also I got all the chicks vaccinates for Coccidiosis and Marek's. All chicks have since grown into healthy birds (I lost 4 but it was to a dog and it had nothing to do with their health or condition). The others are doing great and most have started laying. This early spring I'm wanting to order some more chicks but I'm wanting specific breeds like Dominiques, Speckled Sussex, Cuckoo Marans, and such. These breeds aren't included in the brown egg layers special.

    Here's my dilemma:

    Both Murray McMurray and Meyer Hatchery have the exact breeds I want. The price difference between the 2 are $35. Murray McMurray is a little bit higher on each chick, plus when you get a custom assortment like what I'm wanting, they charge a hefty price for it. Meyer is much cheaper, but here is the thing, they don't offer vaccinations. I haven't found anything on their website that states they give any kind of vaccination or offer it. I guess my question is which Hatchery should I pick? I would rather the birds be vaccinate but also I'm worried about getting the correct order. I've heard some people on here complain about not getting what they ordered. So if you have had experience either good or bad with either hatchery in custom assortment orders, I would love to hear from you too.

    Thanks for the replies in advance!
  2. mrslb333

    mrslb333 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2010
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    Email Meyer Hatchery and see if they offer any vaccinations or you could vaccinate them yourself over here the vaccines are quite cheap not sure of US prices though [​IMG]
  3. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    Chick Order Companies

    When ordering chicks from big companies you will rarely find them deseased. If you are buying 50 chickens or less you do not need to vaccinate really at all.
    order sexed chicks and they say 90% chance of hens only for .50 cents. try;


    http://www.countrychickens.com/country_chickens_4_003.htm Hatcheries by state
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2011
  4. SouthernBYChickens

    SouthernBYChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 7, 2011
    Well, before I ordered from a hatchery back in early November, I did alot of research on the internet about many different hatcheries. All of them will come with good comments and a few complaints. I finally settled on Welp Hatchery because they had all the different breeds I was wanting. The total price on 36 chicks was $105 shipped and all. Welp got the hatch date correct and they were here 2 days later. They came healthy looking and they are all still alive 4 1/2 weeks later. We had a good experience with Welp and would definitely use them again. Just my opinion.
  5. Bianca67

    Bianca67 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2011
    Cedar Springs, MI
    I just ordered from Meyer and they are vaccinating mine for mareks.
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2011
  6. billfields

    billfields Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 29, 2009
    East Tennessee
    Meyer vaccinates, at least for Marek's---see page 6 of the new catalogue
  7. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    Type "vaccination" into Meyer's site search window. You'll find they do offer Marek's and the pricing is listed there.
  8. lolita117

    lolita117 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2011
    Hestand, KY
    Okay, I just looked again. I must have overlooked the part where I check for vaccination. One of the most important reasons I want to order from Meyer is cause of the shipping. I live in Kentucky and they are located in Ohio.
  9. carladababe

    carladababe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2010
    Dixon, Missouri
    I ordered from Cackle Hatchery here in Missouri. I only wanted a couple birds of diffferent breeds except the Easter Eggers of which I wanted 4, (they thru a 5th extra Easter Egger for free.) They were very accommodating. They also vaccinated for Mareks. They've all grown into beautiful, healthy birds that give me a rainbow color of eggs. I am fortunate to live close enough to pick them up myself and if I get my way I'll do it again.[​IMG]

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