Where to Find a Small Order of Chicks

| 3/24/2009 11:47:28 AM

Tags: poultry,

Baby Chickens


If you’re hoping to get a few hens to keep in your backyard and want to start with baby chickens, you can order through the mail from a poultry hatchery. But the minimum order is usually 25. It takes that many chicks to keep each other warm while they’re traveling.

You could order some hatching eggs and put them in an incubator, but some of the chicks that hatch will certainly be males. You could also order 25 pullets (females) and split the order with friends and neighbors. To find the variety you want, check out our Hatchery Finder.

But don’t forget to check your local farm store, such as Tractor Supply Company or Orscheln’s. You can order just a few chicks or ducks of a certain breed and gender. The chicks will come with a bigger order for the store. Farm stores and feed stores may also have chicks or ducklings available in the store, but the number of varieties is usually narrow, although there are often several breeds and hybrids to choose from. Depending on the store, chicks are available for several weeks in the spring.

Meyer Hatchery allows customers to order as few as three chicks. They include a heating pad and ship only via express mail. There are additional restrictions.

MT Mi Mi
6/7/2009 7:12:05 AM

Just checked out mypetchicken.com; nice assortment. However, for a rural area like mine, they require you order a minimum of 8. Still not too bad. If you don't want to pay Express Mail, and need a larger selection base, try IDEAL POULTRY www.ideal-poultry.com. They ship priority (less expensive); 8 million birds a year, and yet offer the best customer service one could ask for. Anything less than a box (25, I think), and they fill in with odd males, for heat. You need to order early however, they're pretty much done by June, except for some bantams, assortments, and leftovers. I've had great success from them on every order, and as I said, the customer service is the BEST!!!

MT Mi Mi
6/7/2009 6:51:35 AM

Paula, I've never tried raising them that way. Do you plant them with tomatoes or potatoes? (I need a smilie).

MT Mi Mi
6/7/2009 6:46:37 AM

Rachel H.-What state/city do you live in/near that doesn't allow a chicken on one acre? A gated community? That's a lot of land for one chicken!! The rebel in me likes Mike's plan (6/6), but if you want to keep your good neighbors, you can get a copy of the pertinent ordinances. Then set about to change them; ask procedure. You can put out feelers to see if your neighbors agree, and/or to get others to help you, e.g letters to the editor, post flyers, contact local poultry/goat clubs/4-H, etc. You may want to use a PO box or email address to avoid kooks. Hope you succeed; I wish I had an acre for my chooks.

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