Poultry in Motion (Mail Order Chicks) February 23, 2012

Receiving a package of baby chicks through the mail is quite an experience!   I first received mail order chicks from My Pet Chicken 2 1/2 years ago – little Easter Egger chicks.   What fun!   My Pet Chicken had notified me as to which week the chicks would ship and I was so anxious.   Finally the long awaited phone call came announcing the arrival of my new babies. Dressing as quickly as possible, I hurriedly got myself ready and drove to the post office with much anticipation.   I could hear my package cheeping as soon as I opened the door!  What mayhem….. and  I could feel all eyes upon me as I left.   They must have all been jealous for my package was far more interesting than theirs!

New babies are under a heat lamp and are eating their first meal

I took the peeping box home and excitedly opened it up – it felt like Christmas!   Carefully counting toes and looking at little fluffy butts, I checked each chick over thoroughly before dipping its tiny beak into the waterer.  Our little babies enjoyed an enthusiastic audience those first few weeks –  someone was always curiously peering into the brooder to watch their antics or to remove one little peeper for cuddling in front of the television.  We enjoyed raising our little chicks up and our Easter Egger chicks grew to be beautiful, friendly hens, and layers of pretty green eggs.

I’ve ordered and received 2 more chick packages in the mail since then.  Last May,  I shared an order of baby chicks with a co-worker.  This was Linda’s first time ordering chicks by mail and when our My Pet Chicken package arrived, she insisted on being the one to pick it up, for the experience.  Linda and I enjoyed divying up our chicks and trying to figure out which ones were which. They were just so cute – I wanted to keep them all, but at least I have visitation rights.  Linda lets me come and see her chickens any time I want and it’s been fun comparing the growth of our chickens, seeing the different breeds, etc.

Our newest chickens are obviously the same age, but Linda’s pullets started laying way before mine.  We finally figured it out – her coop faces east, so her chickens have more daylight hours than my flock, which lives in a shaded area with no morning sun.   I was so envious of her beautiful Welsummer eggs, especially since my 2 Welsummers were still free-loading!   Thankfully, the days are getting longer and most of my newest mail order chickens have finally started laying beautiful eggs too.

Don’t let the thought of live baby chicks traveling through the mail scare you – the safest time to ship baby chicks is when they are only 1 day old.  You can see more information regarding the safety of the mail order chicks and My Pet Chicken’s policies for shipping baby chicks here.

Perdy, named after one of the 101 Dalmatians, is one of the special Easter Eggers I received in my first package of mail order chicks, 2 1/2 years ago.

Hester Bundrock February 23rd, 2012

What a great story, Mary Ann. Perdy is beautiful. I also ordered my backyard chickens from My Pet Chicken last summer. They were four of the cutest chicks ever. I ordered a speckled Sussex, Buff Orpington, and Easter Eggers. It was so much fun to pick them up at the post office, too. Everything about ordering the chicks was perfect. The only disappointment was that our Easter Egger, Opal, only lays brown eggs. So, I am jealous of your green eggs. I knew it was possible, but thought the odds would be in my favor for a green or blue egg layer. What percentage of your EEs lay brown eggs?

Mary Ann February 23rd, 2012

Thanks, Hester. Out of about a dozen standard size Easter Eggers I’ve owned, only one laid a brown egg – the rest laid greenish eggs that varied from a light olive green to a bluish green. My 5 newest little bantam Easter Eggers, that arrived last May, are all laying ‘blue’ eggs with no hint of green, except for 1 – she lays white eggs. I think you were unlucky in that 1 of your 2 Easter Eggers is laying a brown egg. Hopefully, Opal’s personality and looks make up for it. Most of mine are very sweet and have those adorable fluffy beards.

Hester Bundrock February 25th, 2012

You are right, Opal is our sweetest chicken. Instead of being disappointed, I should be honored to have a rare, brown egg laying EE. She is an amazing layer, too. She is also our little miracle. When the girls were young, we took them outside for some grass and sun. They are always supervised, but the second we weren’t right there, a fox grabbed two of our chicks: Opal and her sister, Matilda. I chased the fox at once. He dropped Opal after unsuccesfully jumping back over our six foot fence, then he dropped Matilda as I continued to chase him. Matilda had a broken neck:( But, Opal was a fighter. She had punctures of her skin and a broken femur. After xrays, pain meds, anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, a week of being completely spoiled, she was back with the other two girls. So, you see I only have one EE. The sweetest, most adorable chicken our vets, and we, have ever seen. Enjoy your beauties, and Thank you for reminding me of how special my girl is.

Laura Spinale March 16th, 2012

I have been enjoying reading all the info and stories this site has to offer. I have just ordered my first 4 chicks. They will arrive mid may and I am so excited to begin this new venture.

I have ordered 1Rhode Island Red, 1 buff orpington, 1 columbian wyandotte and 1 welsummer.

TR Kelley March 23rd, 2012

Thanks for the great story! I have an order of 15 chicks placed with My Pet Chicken, they’ll be the April 9 hatch. These will be my first chickens, even tho i have been around other people’s chickens a lot. Got my brooder stuff ready, still mulling over coop plans…. yay for chickens!!!

Brandy April 13th, 2012

This was my first time ordering chicks through mail too with MPC, but it wasn’t my first round with chickens. I got chickens that hatched at my school for free, but we had to sex them ourselves and let me be honest, none of us were really good at it. So then, for christmas, my family surprised me by ordering me chicks and told me they’d be arriving in February. I was ecstatic. I insisted on picking up the package and when I walked in, I could hear them chirping. There was a long line, but when it was finally my turn I walked up and said “I’m here for the cheeping package” and it was love at first sight. I snuggled them endlessly and came to them when they cried to me. I am very happy with my experience and will be using MPC in the future 🙂

Katherine March 8th, 2014

I ordered 15 mixed rare chicks, 3 Buff Orpingtons and 3 Blue Laced Wyandottes. They sent me an extra chick too. I am so happy with them. They are perfect and healthy. I can’t wait for them to get all of their feathers so I can figure out what types they are. I would definitely order from My Pet Chicken again.

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