I ordered from Hoover Hatchery twice this year, and another online hatchery for 2 other orders. I hate to give these guys their first negative feedback but here's why I'm doing it. The first order was very early in the year. I ordered over 50 birds of various kinds. They quoted me a price with shipping. Received the boxes in a good amount of time, but the shipping was way higher than they quoted me. Also within the first 2 days of receiving them half the australorps died. Not sure if it was because they were in a separate box than the rest of the birds and got cold or some other reason. Called hoover, they did refund for the dead birds but were unapologetic about the significantly more expensive shipping. I wouldn't have minded but if that's the price it was going to be, but please tell me that up front. However it wasn't all bad and the rest of the birds seemed fine so I went ahead and placed a second order.
That was several months ago, and the reasons I'm giving them a negative are now coming to light. I purchased sexed pullets and I know there will be some percentage that are roosters because people are human and make mistakes. So far from the second batch of 40 I have 3 that are roosters for sure, and several more than I'm concerned are roosters. I could live with that, because maybe the guy was having a bad day. However I ordered easter eggers, and I received birds that are now clearly looking less and less like easter eggers. One hen looks to be a white rock maybe? One of the roosters is rumpless and tufted and I would swear he's an aracauna. I know easter eggers come from aracaunas, but I've never seen one that looked so much like a pure aracauna. It's a rooster anyway, but there's others that don't appear to be full easter eggers. Even accepting that I got a higher percentage of roosters, I ordered all easter eggers and seemed to get mostly easter eggers and some other stuff mixed in. I got suckered in by the cheap birds, but I'm not going to order from them anymore.
LAFarmboy Rosemead, CA (1 review) February 26, 2013
I oredered 50 chickens for my new back yard coop and yard.
I was fortunate enough to move into a neighborhood in this area that has large back yards.
Being an old farmboy from Oklahoma i wanted a garden and chicken's
Garden was easy.
Chicken's another thing.
First was city and county.
Then polling the neighbors.
to my surprise almost all were happy to hear there would be fresh eggs available someday.
Only one concern was voiced, Was i going to raise them in a cage?
My answer was absolutely not, pen for protaction when I am not out there with them.
But my plan was and still is let them roam the yard in daylight when my wife or I are present.
I ordered 50 chickens from Hoover's Hatchery.
12 Buff Orpington pulletts, 12 Plymouth Barred Rock pullets, 6 Production Red pullets, 6 White Leghorn pullets, 4 heavy breed cockrels hatchery choice, and 10 Cornish Cross straight run for butchering.
They were shipped on time as quoted by the nice folks there.
Local Post office called me as soon as they arrived.(2 days)
The survival rate was excellent concidering a record blizzard struck the midwest just as they shipped out.
I called them and told them they had all arrived and was satisfied with the birds.
Results are good with very health thriving 1 week old chicks growing fast.
I have raised many chicks from hatcheries in years past, theese are doing as well or better than most I have every raised.
I am especially happy with the Cornish Cross growth.
Would recomand this hatchery to anyone who is concidering buying chicks.
I am a happy customer!
We ordered 25 Easter egger pullets from Hoovers a couple of months ago and couldnt be happier with the birds or the customer service. They shipped the birds when they said they would and they were in my post office the next morning. They sent 2 two extra birds that were the same kind as we ordered, not a different breed or sex that we didnt want. All 27 arrived alive. I did cull one the first day and another a couple of days later. Many people would probably have raised these birds but I dont put up with stragglers. This is no fault of Hoovers as there are weaklings in every bunch no matter what it is or who breeds it. ALL 25 turned out to be pullets and are healthy and absolutely gorgeous!
My family has been purchasing chicks for years from Hovers Hatchery. Every year the kids enter the broilers into the local 4-H Fair. And every year we win!!! Grand Champion, second, third. They are so proud. They are the best in the county. We prove it every year.
rhomestead Plattsburgh, NY (4 reviews) March 1, 2007
Have been extremely pleased with Hoover's. We have had their Cornish cross, red sex links, barred rocks, white rocks, buff orpingtons, black sex links, and americaunas. We settled on the red sex links and americaunas for layers. The birds would get here sometimes within one day (they are in Iowa and we are in upstate New York), almost always within two days.
Since the imposition of air surcharges and the availability of started pullets within driving distance, we have switched to Moyer's Hatchery in PA for broilers and started pullets, but that is nothing against Hoover's.
We wanted americauna chicks this fall when Hoover's did not have them so got them elsewhere and are not nearly as pleased with them as we have been with Hoovers.
We have ordered broiler chicks and some layers for 4 or 5 years now and have been extremely pleased with the quality and health of the birds as well as the excellent customer service. A big improvement over the local feed store!
chickenman Somerset, PA (19 reviews) April 8, 2006
I've ordered egg layers, broilers, and most recently ducklings from Hoover's Hatchery. They sell quality poultry, and are quick to resolve any problems. I ordered some Cal White pullets one year. Later that year when they started laying, they layed brown eggs. I informed Hoovers that they had sent me white rocks instead of Cal Whites. My next poultry order included the Cal whites free of charge.