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Old 12/09/12, 03:20 PM
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New chicks from ideal

I ordered some chicks last week. I usually get 25 and at least some are dead when I get them and a couple weak ones may die in the next day or so. I got 25 expecting 15 to be live and healthy. Its probably because I like to get mine in December, so they are laying in spring.
I ordered from ideal because they had what I wanted now. I got 8 black stars, 7 buff sex links, 5 easter eggers, and 5 suprise special pullets.
The suprise special was 3 easter eggers, 1 brown sex link, and 1 red sex link. Thats cool because it said the red and browns were sold out till next year.

They arrived all healthy, and all remained healthy! Im really suprised since they came from texas. I was going to get from Meyer and drive down and get them but they didnt have much until feb.

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Old 12/09/12, 03:41 PM
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Love winter chicks.

We have ducks in the brooder, so we didn't hatch out any in Dec. Maybe we will get some started next month.
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Old 12/09/12, 05:01 PM
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got chicks from ideal last year (I live in Ky) and had good luck. order 25 and raised 23..

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Old 12/09/12, 07:17 PM
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I ordered some chicks last week. I usually get 25 and at least some are dead when I get them and a couple weak ones may die in the next day or so. I got 25 expecting 15 to be live and healthy. Its probably because I like to get mine in December, so they are laying in spring.
I ordered from ideal because they had what I wanted now. I got 8 black stars, 7 buff sex links, 5 easter eggers, and 5 suprise special pullets.
The suprise special was 3 easter eggers, 1 brown sex link, and 1 red sex link. Thats cool because it said the red and browns were sold out till next year.

They arrived all healthy, and all remained healthy! Im really suprised since they came from texas. I was going to get from Meyer and drive down and get them but they didnt have much until feb.

What does that mean ?
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What does that mean ?
hehe I was kind of wondering the same thing! Why should they be less healthy coming from Texas?

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Old 12/09/12, 08:53 PM
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They're not less healthy just because they came from texas - but the buyer expected losses because they came all the way from texas to her location in OH.

The further you have to ship chicks, the harder it is on them, generally.

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Ah ok, that make sense.

We usually order our meat birds from Mt Healthy out of Ohio.... and we are currently in NY. We are about to be in Texas and have ordered birds from them to raise there this winter--they will actually arrive the 21st of this month.

Hopefully all will go well!!

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Old 12/10/12, 12:46 PM
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Yup usually shipped from a far away warm climate to my far away freezing climate has resulted in less then robust chicks.

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Old 12/12/12, 12:23 PM
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I have always had great success with McMurray in recent years. They would all show up alive and healthy, but this year we ordered from Ideal because they had our birds in stock. We ordered 75 broilers and 25 ameraucanas, and we ended up getting 78 broilers and 26 ameraucanas. One of the broilers was dead when we got them, and everybody was very dull. I knew I had made a bad choice.

I have been raising chickens since I was little, and we have done broilers almost every year and never had any problems. Almost every day we had at least two of our broilers die for almost a month. They weren't hungry, dehydrated, cold, or sick. We put vitamins in their water every other day for two weeks, they kept dying. It finally tapered off and I think our numbers are down to probably the mid 40's. They grow slow, and just aren't healthy looking. I just looked at them today and now their skin is splitting on their hips (like their actually growing too fast-ha!)

The ameraucanas were ok, we had two die and you can tell they just threw all the brown ones in because they are usually hens. No color variety, which is why I ordered them and didn't hatch my own. I need new colors!

I was planning on making a profit off of these guys, but that's impossible.
SO, I probably won't order from Ideal again.

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Old 12/12/12, 01:10 PM
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I've had great sucess with Ideal in the past. I'd blame shipping before the hatchery 99 times out of 100.

However, cost wise, neither McMurray or Ideal are efficient at all. Expensive! I order from :

http://www.sunrayhatchery.com/

http://www.sunrayhatchery.com/

Usually get our broilers here (cheapest I've seen anywhere).

http://www.schlechthatchery.com/chickens.htm

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Will NEVER buy from Ideal again. Ordered 26, lost 10. Weakest bunch of chicks I've ever seen. No problem ever with chicks I've gotten from Estes, Cackle or McMurray.
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I've been ordering from Welp lately. RIR and Buff's. Haven't lost a chick in route yet, knock on wood!

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Old 12/14/12, 06:18 AM
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I ordered from McMurray when I bought my first chickens back in 2003. However, we have since moved and Meyer is only about a 20 minute drive. So, I get to go pick the little things up on hatching day. I've done it twice and will be going again on February 19th...I'm so excited! Have you ever been to a hatchery on hatching day? It's so fun...all the folks there in the lobby to get their chicks and you can hear all the peeping in the back...I just love it!

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What does that mean ?
I think they were talking about the distance the chicks had to travel in cold weather to get to them.

Ideal should replace the chicks that died in route. They are good about that.
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I think they were talking about the distance the chicks had to travel in cold weather to get to them.

Ideal should replace the chicks that died in route. They are good about that.
If I'm not mistaken they don't replace..simply refund the price paid for any losses.
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