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Q: When I am ordering baby chicks or juveniles, when am I charged for the order?
A: You pay for your order as soon as it is placed; that is what holds your reservation. We don't keep your payment information on file---this helps... read more

Q: I want to get a chick for Easter for my son's basket, and then find a farmer to adopt it when it has grown. How do I do that?
A: No, no, no... you don't want to do that. It's is a bad idea for many reasons.

First, one chicken raised alone will often die of...
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Q: Should I choose "no substitutions" and "no hatch day substitutions" when I place my order for chicks?
A: Well, the truth is that it simply depends on how you want us to handle any problems with your order. Some customers will wait many months for just... read more

Q: Will I be notified if my shipment has to be delayed for some reason? I don't want to ask for the wrong week off work!
A: Well, that's a more complex question than you may think. If there should be a problem on hatch day, of course we will contact you just as soon as we... read more

Q: Are sold out breeds ever included in a hatchery choice assortment?
A: Breeds that are not available individually may still be used to fulfill assortments, since the assortments consist of breeds that have hatched better... read more

Q: Is wry neck a genetic weakness that I should be worried about seeing in my chickens' offspring?
A: If you have a hen with wry neck, it is probably not a genetic problem... but read on, because the problem with answering that question definitively... read more

Q: Which chicken breed has the quietest, tamest hens??
A: Hens of most breeds are rather quiet except for right before and right after they have laid an egg. Then they may make a loud "announcement" about it... read more

Q: What's the best way to order a breed that always seems to be sold out?
A: We're sorry the breed you want is currently sold out, but yes---there is hope if you're diligent!

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Q: In your website description, it says the breed I want comes in a mix of bearded and unbearded chicks, but I only want bearded. Can I order them that way?
A: You're right that some breeds like Polish and silkies can come bearded or nonbearded, but there is no way to choose which because they are not sorted... read more

Q: If I have both bantam and large size hens, what size rooster should I get?
A: The answer to that question will depend on exactly how large the hens and roosters in question may be as well as what your personal preference is. No... read more

Q: Will all of my blue chicks actually be blue?
A: It's possible... but in general, no. The color blue just doesn't hatch true in chickens. The genes for "blue" are actually more like diluting genes.... read more

Q: Can I choose what breeds I get when I purchase an assortment?
A: No, we're sorry. If you want specific breeds or colors, you'll need to purchase each breed you want and construct your order that way.

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Q: If I order straight run bantams, will I get a 50-50 mix, or do you use your extra cockerels as straight run?
A: We do not use sexed birds as straight run.(No hatchery we know of does that--how dishonest would THAT be?!.) It does not pay us to sex all our baby... read more

Q: Are there special preparations I should make if I want to have a broody hen adopt and raise my shipped chicks?
A: There is little more beautiful than a mother hen sheltering chicks beneath her wings.

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Q: For my laying flock, should I buy fertile eggs to hatch, or should I start with baby chicks?
A: In almost every case, starting a laying flock with baby chicks will be easier and less expensive than starting one by read more

Q: I want all my eggs to hatch, so is there any type of chicken breed that has a higher hatching rate for their eggs?
A: This is one of those questions where it's hard to tell what exactly you're asking, a question that tells us you're probably a beginner at incubation.... read more

Q: What is debeaking or "beak trimming" and do your chickens come that way?
A: No. Our chickens and chicks are not debeaked or "beak trimmed." Our birds have their full, natural beaks.

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Q: Do you send extra chicks with every order?
A: No, most of the time, we do not add extra chicks. Especially with small orders, we are careful not to add chicks (although it may happen... read more

Q: Can unvaccinated chickens get Marek's Disease from vaccinated chickens?
A: The Marek's Disease vaccination is attenuated, which means, in most cases, it's not even developed using the Marek's virus. Instead, it's developed... read more

Q: I got Marek's vaccinations for my chicks from another hatchery, but they got sick and some died within two weeks. When I asked them if it was Marek's disease, they just denied it and asked about whether their brooder was set up right. Is this Marek's... am I right to be upset?
A: You're not wrong to be upset at the loss of your pets, of course, but if you're upset at your hatchery for suggesting that deaths weren't related to... read more

Q: The website says the breed I want is available for a date I want, so why isn't that a choice when I'm checking out?
A: In most cases, that will be because you are ordering more chicks than are available for your preferred date. When you place virtual chicks in your... read more

Q: Are your flocks pasture raised?
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Our breeding flocks are raised in the beautiful Amish countryside in Ohio, but they are indoor birds for reasons of biosecurity. Large hatcheries... read more

Q: How much does shipping cost?

A: You can check the exact shipping cost to your location by placing the virtual purchases in your online basket and clicking the "calculate" link... read more

Q: Do you ship eggs or chicks internationally?
A: No. If you want to purchase live birds or read more

Q: Can you safely ship chicks to Alaska or Hawaii?
A: We can safely ship chicks to Alaska and Hawaii. However, we can only safely ship to certain zip codes within those states. The post... read more

Q: How do I figure out whether or not I'm allowed to keep chickens in my area?
A: 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

Q: What are frizzles, sizzles, and frazzles?
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Frizzles and sizzles are not breeds of chickens so much as they are words describing three very showy feather types that chickens can exhibit.... read more

Q: How can I track my baby chick package? Do you provide a tracking number?

A: We will send you an email with the tracking number for your order when your chicks "fly the coop," and you can use that to follow their progress. We... read more

Q: 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?
A: 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

Q: Can I order chickens from an out-of-state hatchery like yours?
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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

Q: What does your hatchery do with extra males and other chicks that are not adopted?

A: 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

Q: Are the color of a hen's eggs determined by the color of her earlobes?
A: Not exactly, although ear lobe color seems to be related to egg color most of the time. Breeds with white earlobes usually lay white eggs... except... read more

Q: Is it true that modern, purebred chickens can't hatch their own eggs?
A: No, that's not true.

First, broodiness is not tied to whether a chicken is purebred or not. Broodiness depends more on a chicken's breed,... read more

Q: What's the difference between Breeds, Designer Chicken Breeds, and Varieties of chicken?

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Let's talk about Designer Chicken Breeds, Breeds, and Varieties, so you'll understand the differences in... read more

Q: Will the chicks I buy from you be related to each other? I want to breed my rooster with my hens, so I don't want them to be related.

A: Our breeding flocks are very large. We can't know which chicks hatch from which eggs. Even if we could, we don't keep track of which hen laid which... read more

Q: Can I get Coronavirus (COVID-19) from my chickens?
A: Here's what the CDC says about COVID-19, as of 4/15/20: