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Which Is Your Favorite Hatchery And Why?

1/29/2010 9:45:18 AM

Tags: question to readers, hatcheries, chickens

ChickSpring is near and it’s time to order chicks and other baby poultry. There are lots of things to consider before ordering chicks:

• Which hatchery is closest?
• Which has the breed(s) you want?
• Which has the best prices?
• Which has the best-quality chicks?

Everybody has a favorite. Which is your favorite poultry hatchery and why? Share the information in the comments section below.

If you want some help finding a hatchery, check out to our Directory of Hatcheries and Poultry Breeders or Hatchery Finder to help you in your search.


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9/21/2013 7:09:56 PM
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8/16/2013 9:42:25 AM
We got two shipments of great birds from Purely Poultry last year. All were live and healthy. Such fun watching them grow up and begin to lay. We have even had one of the Buff Orpingtons hatch eggs this year. Plan to order from them again next year, though we will probably buy some birds locally too. I find the biddies at the farm store hard to resist.

4/5/2010 7:35:43 PM
I had a great experience with Welp Hatchery last year. Their customer service and quality of chicks was excellent. I will order with them again in the future.

3/23/2010 6:11:08 PM
Cakle Hatchery has a good selection of breeds, great service and in the 3 years that I've ordered chicks and polts from them I have never lost a single baby.

Sandra Dyer
3/19/2010 11:34:32 AM
I love Meyer Hatchery in Polk Ohio! Good prices great customer service. When I called to order 15 golden buffs the customer service rep. told me that because of the increase shipping cost for a smaller order it would be $10 cheaper overall to get 25 instead. Now that's looking out for your customers! I got the 25, grew them out and sold the extra and basically got my chicks for free!

3/18/2010 7:33:50 AM
We recently order and received 15 pullets from Meyer Hatchery. All 15 arrived alive, but one died about three days after they arrived. I like Meyer for the variety of their chicks and that they will send less than 25 birds. Customer service worked hard to find me a hatch date for all the varieties I ordered. I ordered 5 different breeds and they found the common date. In fact, I placed the order on a Thursday and they were able to ship on the following Monday. We ordered Barred Rocks, Dominigues, Speckled Sussex, Ameracanas and Silkies.

3/17/2010 9:05:35 PM
McMurray Hatchery has begun to ship on Saturdays only because their post office cant handle the bulk. The post office will not ship express on Saturday so all chicks go out priority. They hatch on Thursday and Friday for Saturday shipment. Woe is to the order that arrives on Tuesday full of babies hatched on the Thursday before....and thus my 25 dead chicks. This must be a new situation with them, and it concerns me that when the weather gets hot there will be many DOA chicks. A new question to ask all hatcheries is what day do they ship and how long is it after the babies were hatched...also confirm that its express shipping.

Jan Steinman
3/17/2010 3:42:53 PM
My favourite hatchery is a broody hen! There's nothing quite like getting your chicks for free. Unfortunately, "broodiness" has been bred out of modern meat and egg breeds. Look to heritage breeds to find good mothers.

3/17/2010 3:42:27 PM
I used Welp last year because our grain elevator will order and pick them up for us. They are close enough to drive to like one of our fellow farmers does. The chicks were all healthy even though they stayed in the mail for an extra day by accident. They didn't have some of the breeds that I wanted to try this year. So I used Ideal out of New Mexico. The prices were low and I could mix and match the breeds and sexes I wanted for a nominal fee. And all the breeds I wanted were available. All the chicks were alive when we received them, however one failed to thrive and 2 more didn't make it shortly after that. I don't know if there were some substitutions made or if some filler chicks were added. There were some that didn't seem like what we ordered, guess I'll find out in a few weeks. I will probably look for a new hatchery that lets me pick and choose with rare breeds that is closer to home!

Jan Steinman
3/17/2010 2:45:41 PM
My favourite hatchery is a broody hen! There's nothing quite like getting your chicks for free. Unfortunately, "broodiness" has been bred out of modern meat and egg breeds. Look to heritage breeds to find good mothers.

Ann M
3/17/2010 11:54:55 AM
I've ordered for many years from Sand Hill Preservation in Iowa. Glen is not a mass producer and has heritage and rare breeds. He raises the breeds he sells. You have to order early and sometimes wait if he has a hatch that does come up to snuff but the birds have always been good and true to type. He also has old standard vegatable and flower seeds.

Deb S
3/17/2010 11:13:19 AM
I love Meyer Hatchery in Ohio. They have a nice selection of breeds, including some fine heirloom breed chickens. Staff is always friendly and I've had very good shipping results with no losses. Prices are excellent too.

Jerry King
3/17/2010 9:25:47 AM
I have used Murry McMurry Hatchery and been completly satisfied with the chicks. Last spring we added guineas to our order of chicks and they are a delight. Their catalog and on line ordering make it easy to order. The customer service updates and shipping information helped to keep us informed. Chicks arrive healthy.

3/17/2010 8:49:58 AM
I just received 39 babies this morning from Cackle Hachery. Previously I had only ordered from Murray McMurray. I like McMurray's website better and they seem to have more of a selection. But Cackles prices were better and their customer service was fantastic.

3/17/2010 8:49:31 AM
I just received 39 babies this morning from Cackle Hachery. Previously I had only ordered from Murray McMurray. I like McMurray's website better and they seem to have more of a selection. But Cackles prices were better and their customer service was fantastic.

Ned Newby
3/16/2010 3:54:03 PM
I have used both Murray McMurray Hatchery and Welp Hatchery with equally good sucess and customer service. The difference for me is that Welp offers free shipping, or at least they did. I haven't ordered anything this year.

2/27/2010 8:14:28 PM
I got some heathly chicks from a new small local hatchery called Keets-Peep Hatchery.They are just starting out with limited variety and quanity this year. They are in progress of adding 10 more varietys for next year selection.Prices are great and very friendly.

heather moser
2/18/2010 8:45:51 AM
Meyer Hatchery in Polk Ohio. Nice selection of heritage breeds as well as modern standards. Prompt and helpful customer service. Also inexpensive compared to other hatcherys that I've seen. Got turkeys there last year and was quite pleased. For me it's close to home, so that seals it! I guess I'd have to think more carefully if the closest hatchery wasn't so good!

Charlotte Warnick_3
2/12/2010 12:11:14 PM
Murry MacMurray - and the Cackle Nursery in Lebanon. Ordered baby peeps from MacMurray and guinea hens from Cackle. Have been ordering from MacMurray since 1980 (name Anderson, then) and from Cackle in 2003. Both nurseries gave good value for the money: no dead peeps or keats.

Mary Jane Phifer_2
2/11/2010 4:11:13 PM
Cackle Hatchery of Lebanon, MO. Nice selection and healthy chicks. PLUS, they are only an hour away and I can pop in and pick up some peeps.

Theresa Williamson_1
2/11/2010 7:50:04 AM
Murray McMurray Hatchery is my favorite hatchery. I have ordered from them several times since 1985. My most recent experience was last week when the Post Office put my Priority Mail chicks in a non-priority container and all the chicks were dead on arrival. They replaced the whole batch!!!! I called the Post Office back when they left me the message that my chicks were in. I asked if they were alive and cheeping. He asked me "You're the one?" The Postal worker held the phone next to them and I could hear their cheeping. One little chick died in transit. One died before I could get a better heat source on them. The rest are in the kitchen being chickens.

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