Why mail order? What's the advantage?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by rhetoric, Apr 27, 2008.

  1. rhetoric

    rhetoric In the Brooder

    Mar 28, 2008
    Western New York
    Pals told me they were making an order from one of the big hatcheries so I joined in. $3.10 a chick w/ shipping. That shipment won't come till May, so we went to the local farm supply and picked from a bunch of fun varieties and they were between $3 and $3.50 a chick. Then TSC got in a bunch and most were $1.59 (we got 6 Rhode Island Reds). So is male order just about timing and selection or is there some other advantage?
  2. normajean

    normajean Songster

    Apr 14, 2008
    Howell, MI
    I would think it would have to do with #1 breed and #2 quality of the chicks.
    If you can buy local without shipping then I would, unless you are getting a rare breed or are looking for show quality. With hatchery chicks you can get a pullorum certificate.
    Take care and post pics!
  3. Ace_king_brahma

    Ace_king_brahma Songster

    Mar 14, 2008
    Castroville, Texas
    Most local chick sales will be straight run unless someone is a sexing expert or crosses to get sex-links. I tried my hand at sexing chicks and it is not easy nor fun lol. When I need hens I send for them. And like mentioned already certificates are a great idea to have if you plan on showing.
  4. Meesh

    Meesh Songster

    Feb 12, 2008
    Rocky Mountains
    The feedstore here buys from Privett, so the selection is good. I just ordered a small quantity of Speckled Sussex pullets and some turkeys. However, they don't order in until May-June. I mail ordered a batch from Ideal so that they would be ready to go into the henhouse in May, and the brooder will be emptied up.

    So yes, for me, it was more a matter of timing.

  5. annrich

    annrich Songster

    May 27, 2007
    Western NY
    I did both.. I bought 6 from TSC. After I placed my mail order from Welp. I didn't want to many of the same breed. I ordered my bramas and Br due to ship 4/28. And I got 4 americanas str. And 2 white rock pullets from TSC.

    So the advantage for me was, I got to play with baby chicks while I patiently wait for my mail order.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2008
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    The TSC here gets them from Ideal and they are straight run.
  7. chickenshadow

    chickenshadow Songster

    Mar 28, 2008
    Get the eggs and hatch your own. We bought chickens from a feed store and
    from a hatchery and will never do it again, not that we had any problems with

    Hatching your own is so much more rewarding and you can always find the
    breed of chick you want here or on other chicken sites.
  8. chcknrs

    chcknrs Songster

    Mar 7, 2008
    Kelso, WA
    I got pullets from the local feed store. I also got 3 st run leghorns, of course, 2 are roo's.

    I'm not ready to try the bator thing yet, so I ordered the last set from MMH, due to ship first week in May.
  9. mmajw

    mmajw Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    I have always bought mine from the loocal feed store for around $1.39-$1.59/chick and about $0.99 for broilers. If I do the May order I have a great selection waiting until June always gave us a smaller option of breeds to choose from.
  10. ridgefire

    ridgefire Songster

    Jan 8, 2008
    Northern Michigan
    I used mail order so I could get the breeds I wanted, so I wasnt stuck with the whatever TSC got in.

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