Frequently Asked Questions

Here we answer the most commonly-asked questions about ordering, chicken care, and more.

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I live in Hawaii and I'm ordering chicks. What do I need to know?

Yes, we can ship baby chicks to Hawaii. Unfortunately, waterfowl and pullets cannot be shipped at this time There is additional paperwork involved with shipping chicks to Hawaii, so please allow give a lead time of 2-3 weeks. You won't be able to place a last-minute order because your state's Department of Agriculture wants to know exactly what chicks will be arriving and where they are going. After you place an order destined for Hawaii, we'll be in touch to confirm details and ensure that your shipping date provides us with sufficient time for your state's approval. Your state requires...

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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 must meet the safe shipping minimum for your area. Don't worry--our shopping cart enforces that minimum, so you can't accidentally order too few for shipping safety. You can read more about minimums on each chick ordering page, or in the related questions below. When you place your virtual babies in your online basket, you will be given an estimate of the first date they will all be available on the same date. Even when...

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Can you ship chicks to my location?

We can ship chicks anywhere within the continental U.S. and to locations in Hawaii and Alaska.  Alaska & Hawaii shipping: 3-14 Baby Chicks ship at a flat rate of $75.00 for Express Mail (USPS) & Special Packaging. **Note: Orders to Hawaii require a physical address and a 2-3 week lead time to file for the permit.** Unfortunately, we CANNOT ship to Canada, Mexico, or any other country. We also cannot ship to American territories, including Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Marianas, or the Virgin Islands. If you live in Canada, you might try Rochester Hatchery, which is located in Alberta.

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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 pain for lots of people who just want a few chickens! Since our goal in life (yes, our goal in life!) is to make your life easy, we've partnered with a forward-thinking hatchery that has developed a brand new way of shipping baby chicks that includes a high-tech, long- last heating element. This keeps the chicks nice and warm for their journey! And when you order fewer than 15 chicks we automatically send...

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Frequently Asked Questions about Chickens

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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 for our customers to be able to receive small orders for their urban and suburban locations: that is why they purchase from us in the first place! Even with My Pet Chicken's revolutionary method of shipping tens of thousands of small orders of chicks safely across the country alive and well, the absolute fewest number of chicks that ship safely is three large fowl chicks (or five bantam chicks). Remember, this is the...

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How old will my chicks be when I get them?

They'll be less than 72 hours old. They ship Mondays and Tuesdays as soon as they're hatched and the birds you've reserved have been packed into your shipping box with anything they may need (like custom amounts of nesting material and ventilation as well as heat packs for small orders). They can arrive any day of the week between Tuesday and Thursday, depending on your location and how the Post Office services your area.

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Can I choose Rushed or Next Day shipping to get my baby chicks faster?

Neither Fed Ex nor UPS will ship live baby birds, so we ship all orders of fewer than 15 chicks via the speediest service that the Post Office offers for baby chicks: USPS Express Mail. Orders of 15 chicks or more are shipped by USPS Priority Mail. Your chicks can arrive any day from Tuesday to Friday of your scheduled shipping week, assuming that they ship on a Monday. (Our chicks almost always ship on Mondays, unless there is a national holiday that Monday, in which case they will ship on a Tuesday!) Exactly which day chicks arrive at your...

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"The Clubhouse" Coop

Easy to assemble and built to last, the Clubhouse Coop is the perfect starter coop for a small flock.