Hand in hand with our previous article about armchair gardening we put together a handy list of hatcheries for those looking to start raising themselves some fine feathered friends. Believe it or not, hatcheries routinely ship chicks across the country via USPS — you just have to be willing to order a minimum number required by the hatchery.
Now is a great time to start raising baby chicks provided you have a warm, draft-free environment. We’ve made sure to include the name, address, phone number, URL, and any thoughts we have about the assorted hatcheries listed below.
Fairly old and well-established hatchery that is smack dab in the middle of the country. They frequently have sales and have a good reputation. They also have a wide selection of bird types including many rarer ones.
A nice, friendly little hatchery that loves to help you select the very best for where you are. They state that they are an old-fashioned business that answers phone calls and they’re right!
Email is manned by real people who actually know about chickens. Very helpful and friendly. Quality is great. Carries: chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, bantams, guineas, pheasants, partridges.
This is pretty much the standard, go to hatchery on the East Coast and Midwest. That being said, they’re good and they will ship small numbers of chickens during the warm season. They have great customer service by phone, never emailed.
Murray McMurray Hatchery
PO Box 458, 191 Closz Drive
Webster City, IA 50595
Carries started pullets, meat – everything, including “special packages” – a specialty order that contains several types of poultry geared towards a specific purpose, such as the Frying Pan special or the Top Hat.
And here are some other well known hatcheries that we haven’t personally dealt with:
Phone, fax and email orders (no online orders). There is an extra charge if you order more than one breed to meet the minimum requirement. They maintain their own breeding flocks.
Box 507 – 4703, E. Cleveland Blvd.
Caldwell, Idaho 83606
Established in 1918, they have a store as well and do phone orders, MO and checks.
P.O. Box 129
Gratz, PA 17030
Started in 1948 with one small Sears-Roebuck incubator. Family-run business. Only accepts checks and money orders. Orders must be mailed in.
Established 1944. Free shipping, rare breeds, meat birds, bantams.
PO Box 591
Cameron, TX 76520
Minimum order $25.00. Accepts Paypal. Claim to be the largest supplier of backyard poultry in the United States, shipping close to 5 million chicks annually. Offers surplus chick bargains and make your own mix.
266 E. Paletown Road
Quakertown, PA 18951
Started in 1946. They hatch out year-round. They sell their own hybrid cross chickens.
966 Ragers Hill Rd.
South Fork, PA 15956
150+ varieties. Payment information must be phoned in.
PO Box 466
Fremont WI 54940
300+ breeds of chickens, bantams, ducks, geese, turkeys, guineas, peafowl, pheasants, ornamentals, chukars, swans and quail.
615 N. High St., Box 306
Larue, OH 43332
In business 93 years. Orders are placed online and then you call in your payment information.
Sand Hill Preservation Center
1878 230th Street
Calamus, Iowa 52729
“We are doing this as a hobby business service and we work as fast and efficiently as the time allows. If you are impatient and absolutely have to have something by a certain date, please do us and yourself a favor and order from somewhere else.” Linda and Glenn run this as a labor of love.
Smaller selection but they do all of their own breeding.
PO Box 77
Bancroft, IA 50517
Started in 1929. Broilers are specialty. Accepts money orders. No additional shipping charges.