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Mail order hatcheries

 
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Further to my thread about mixed flocks I was wondering what the hive mind has to say about the various mail order hatcheries.  Main ones I'm looking at for hens include Cackle Hatchery, Purely Poultry and Murray McMurray.  But there may be good reasons to look elsewhere.  What sources do folks here prefer for getting a new flock going, especially if you want a variety of breeds?  We're going to see what the local feed store normally carries, and what they can special order and see what the price differences are.  But it may be that to get what we really want we'd need to hit up a mail-order option.  

For meat birds, assuming I go with Freedom Rangers I'll go straight to freedomrangerhatchery.com.  All the other places I've seen them charge a lot more, and for the exact same birds why spend the extra money.  And they have Red Ranger males at an attractive price, so if I want them it seems like the place to go for non-CX meat birds.
 
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The farm stores are your best bet unless you want something exotic or a large number of birds, at least in my area.  They are cheaper. They haven’t been shipped through the mail so are less stressed. If you aren’t too anxious to buy them, they sometimes have chicks a few weeks old.

I prefer Rhode Island Reds, but everyone else will probably have a different favorite.
 
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