Will hatcheries ship 3 birds?

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by Jenna14Chicken, Jun 20, 2016.

  1. Jenna14Chicken

    Jenna14Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey everyone I was wanted a few more birds to add to the flock next year. I am wanting certain birds that are not at local feed stores or anywhere. I don't no anyone who has them that could sell or give me any so I thought I would just try shipping. I have never done this before but I think I will try it ONLY IF they will send-ship a few birds. So will a hatchery do this? If so which hatcheries? And please if possible tell me the cost and rating
     
  2. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Overrun With Chickens

    Meyer Hatchery offers a 3 chick minimum for most of the year. [​IMG] With any hatchery, you're going to get mixed opinions of their customer service and survival rate (though the latter depends more on your postal service), but I have to say that Meyer is BY FAR my favorite of the places we've tried. We live very close and have both had orders shipped or picked up in person. Good-quality birds, very healthy, and nice employees.

    ~Alex
     
  3. Jenna14Chicken

    Jenna14Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you very much! We were thinking about getting them from there but wernt sure. Where is Meyer hatchery located?
     
  4. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe Ohio, but what I wanted to say is even though they will ship a small number like three, if you can add to that number, it seems to be easier on the birds as far as maintaining their temperature goes. You might want to check and see if you can find someone in your area who will go in with you on an order and that way you can order more and also split the shipping.
    One year three of us ordered a dozen and it went well with no problems.
     
  5. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Overrun With Chickens

    You're welcome! Meyer is located in Polk, Ohio. [​IMG]

    I agree, and another consideration might be ordering during the nice, warm months. [​IMG]

    ~Alex
     
  6. Jenna14Chicken

    Jenna14Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's greAt I live in Ohio! Also we plan on getting them next April so it should be warm. Now What I have meaning to ask is will they send more birds than what I asked for since I such a small number?
     
  7. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can check and maybe request "packing peanuts" (A heat pack might be a better choice), but many hatcheries don't add anything to small orders as they think that perhaps that is all you are allowed, plus often the packing peanuts are cockerels and again, often people ordering small numbers are in the suburbs and can't have many or can't have roosters.
     
  8. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Overrun With Chickens

    Wonderful! No, they won't stick in any extras. [​IMG] We've ordered very small numbers before and never gotten any unexpected surprises.

    ~Alex
     
  9. Jenna14Chicken

    Jenna14Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok great we are aloud to have as many as we want and roosters cause we are in the country in Ohio but I only want 3 cause I already have 8 birds.
     
  10. jaybud

    jaybud Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can also try California hatchery, but with the heat on in the west u might want to be cautious.
     

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