Our breeding flocks are raised in the beautiful Amish countryside in Ohio, but they are indoor birds for reasons of biosecurity. Large hatcheries...
Good question! First of all, don't forget that our chicks can arrive any day from Tuesday through Thursday of the week they are shipped--it just... No. If you want to purchase live birds or read more
How do I figure out whether or not I'm allowed to keep chickens in my area?
We know you're dying to start keeping chickens--but you don't want to get a flock of beauties only to find out later that they're illegal and have to... read more
What happens if a chick I purchase from My Pet Chicken is incorrectly sexed?
It's always disappointing when a bird isn't sexed correctly, especially if your "girl" ended up being a "boy" and was the family's favorite chick!... read more
Can you ship chicks and waterfowl together?
Our chicks and waterfowl are hatched in different facilities and therefore, cannot be shipped together.
If you would like for your waterfowl... read more
How can so few chicks arrive at their location safely?
Most hatcheries require 15 or 25 baby chicks per order because the chicks need one another's body heat to survive their 2-day journey. This is a big... read more
My chicks are all available on different dates. Will they ship at different times, or all at once?
All at once! All your birds must ship together for their safety. Alternatively, you can choose to place two or more separate orders, but each one... read more
I live in Hawaii and I'm ordering chicks. What do I need to know?
First and foremost: we cannot safely ship to every zip code in your beautiful state. Only some zip codes are safe to ship to. Please read "Can... read more
How come you can only ship chicks when they're one day old?
Right before chicks hatch, they have just absorbed the last of the yolk. This sustains them during their journey, for up to three days, so that's why... read more
Can I choose Rushed or Next Day shipping to get my baby chicks faster?
Neither Fed Ex nor UPS will ship live baby chicks, so all orders of fewer than 15 chicks and orders that ship in the colder months (December 1... read more
How can I track my waterfowl shipment? Do you provide a tracking number?
No worries! We do our best to make sure that you're "in the loop" throughout the process.
Unless the date falls on a holiday, birds are... read more
What is the minimum order for ducklings and goslings?
Since shipping little ones can be so expensive, our minimum order for waterfowl is usually 10. However, if you are ok higher shipping costs, we can... read more
Do you ship to Canada?
We cannot ship any of our products to Canada, Mexico, or any other country. We also cannot ship to American territories, including Puerto Rico,... read more
How can you send chicks through the mail when they sometimes die? And if there is a risk that some chicks die on the way, then how can you justify staying in business?
Of course we hate it when chicks die along the way; every bird is an individual, and every loss is a tragedy. However, when it comes to shipping baby... read more
Can I schedule delivery of my baby chicks on a specific day of the week?
Unfortunately, no! You do have some control, though. Chicks are hatched Mondays and Wednesdays. Smaller orders automatically ship Express, while you... read more
Can I order chickens from an out-of-state hatchery like yours?
My Pet Chicken's breeders and hatcheries handle all the state-level permits required to get the chicks safe and sound to you. So when you order... read more
How can I help my young children understand the wait to have our baby chicks delivered?
There are a few things you can do together to help ease the frustration of waiting!
One thing you can do with a child when waiting something... read more
What does your hatchery do with extra males and other chicks that are not adopted?
We do understand that other hatcheries may do things differently than we do--did you know that chickens are not protected by the Humane Slaughter Act... read more
Can you ship chicks to my location?
We can ship chicks anywhere within the continental U.S. and to some locations in Hawaii and Alaska. Please check "Can you safely ship chicks to... read more
Are you a member of the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP)?
Yes! Our hatching facility and all other breeders with whom we contract are NPIP-certified. If you would like NPIP papers to be included with your... read more
Why should I choose My Pet Chicken over another reputable hatchery?
There's nothing wrong with buying from other major hatcheries! Before My Pet Chicken was around, we bought from a number of reputable hatcheries, and... read more
Should I order extra chickens so enough survive into adulthood?
Normally you want to order the number of chickens you want to end up with---don't order extras with the expectation that some will die. But there are... read more
Two bantam chicks is all I have room for, but the minimum order for bantams is five in my area. Can I pay for five, but have you only send two?
I'm afraid not. The minimums are based on how many chicks are safe to ship, not how many we would like to sell. You can't give us extra money to send... read more
What is my best minimum order?
We want to be sure your chicks arrive safely, so we have a special packaging method so your new pets are snug and secure while they travel. In fact,... read more
How come you can't ship just one chick?
Unlike other hatcheries that may add "males for warmth" to fill out a small order, we will never do that because we understand how important it is... read more
How will I know which chick is which breed when I receive my baby chicks?
Most chicks do not come marked or tagged in any way. However, females of certain rare breeds now come with colored leg bands applied so they can be... read more