Ordered some RIR Hatching Eggs from Meyer. It took a bit longer than expected, but that was USPS' fault. When the eggs arrived, they looked gorgeous and were wrapped up and padded by multiple layers. I was very impressed with the care put into these eggs. There were no cracks or dirt on them as well. I will be updating on the chicks that hatch, but so far, very impressed!
On Apr 30, 2014, Meyer Hatchery responded with:
"On May 21, 2014 3:11 PM, Meyer Hatchery responded with:
That's wonderful! We hope you have a successful hatch. Keep us posted."
I am an experienced chicken owner on a small farm and I sell a lot of eggs direct to customers. Mt. Healthy is usually my preferred hatchery for replacement chicks but last time I put in an order I tried Meyer because of the larger variety they offer. I thought I'd give some insight about my experience.
- Great variety. Offers many different birds all across the spectrum, certainly many more than Mt. Healthy does.
- Allows you to mix these birds in any number, even as few as 1 of each kind, as long as you meet the minimum to be shipped to you.
- Sexing seems to be very accurate. Of the entire batch I ordered I see no signs of any being roos.
- Probably the biggest pro... Excellent communication and service. I received emails of each step along the process. When I had to file a claim, the claim was promptly responded to and promptly taken care of to my satisfaction (and even above and beyond that).
- Shipping cost me twice what it did for Mt. Healthy. They did have a heat pad in the box, though, which Mt. Healthy did not have. However, that didn't seem to make a difference because...
- I had casualties... The most I've ever had at once. One chick was DOA (a Marans, of course one of the most expensive), one was visibly weak and soon died despite being given electrolyte mix, a third died randomly overnight with no signs of having been sick, and then a 4th had leg/toe issues and soon couldn't walk. After trying to help it and seeing it fail to thrive and continue to decline, I had to put it down. Meyer did refund me in full for all 3 birds that died, though, and even though the 4th was outside of their 48 hour guarantee window, they refunded me for that one as well (see point in 'Pros' for communication/service). I accept that deaths are a possibility but this is the most I've lost at once before. If deaths bother you a lot... a caution (and a caution against even keeping chickens at all, honestly).
Birds seem a bit closer to breed standards than the ones I've ordered from Mt. Healthy. It's a bit too early to tell for certain, though, as they have a lot of growing left to do. So far, the colors and combs seem right, though.
I was satisfied with my experience and the resolution of my issues with it. I would order from them again.
Excellent customer service, promptly responded to questions I had and everything went smoothly. Really easy to order, you can pick a date estimate so you know when to prepare for your chicks, site has a nice layout, and the prices are as good as anywhere I've seen. I ordered 15 sexed chicks, they put in one extra one, which didn't make it, but I still got all 15 I ordered alive and well. 6 months later, they are doing just great, all have turned out to be girls, and have consistently been laying everyday. Compared to high quality breeder stock, I think it takes a trained eye to tell the difference. I noticed that a couple of my hens have been born with some white on what is supposed to be a red ear lobed chicken, so I believe its possible that they are not 100% pure bred. For the average chicken owner, who isn't into showing or anything, I think they will be just fine though, and mine are super pretty. Great experience overall, will order again!
On Jan 15, 2014, TheBeardFarm Mount Joy, PA wrote:
I ordered day old chicks.
They were promptly shipped and all arrived healthy and alive.
I raised them, and they are now large hens.
I ordered Barred Rocks, Dominiques and Rhode Island Reds.
Very happy and will order from Meyer Hatchery again.
On Nov 25, 2013, Sumatra01 Washingtonville, NY wrote:
I ordered two shipments from Meyer hatchery this year. The first was for 10 ducklings back in April. Having had terrible luck with another company last year, we were so glad that these duckings arrived healthy and STAYED healthy. Right now, they are grown up, laying eggs, and I am definitely satisfied with their service in the duck department.
Chickens are naturally more fragile, and unfortunately, two arrived dead in the box at my second order this May. Another two died withing the next 48 hours. Thankfully, Meyer sent replacements later on. Having raised chickens for many years, I know these things happen during shipping, and it has not given me enough reason to dislike this company. Also, as you many have seen by my putting the word 'stayed' healthy, in caps above, I am someone who looks not so much at the short term, but at the longevity of the animals within the next few weeks. Many people only judge a hatchery by the first 2 or 3 days after receiving the birds. Well, I must say, Meyer excels in having longer-term healthy birds. No failure to thrive, a strong immune system, and they have managed to avoid genetic defects present in other commercial hatcheries.
All this said, I am very happy with Meyers, and will certainly be ordering from them in the future.
I ordered 20 chicks back in April. Lost 2 within a few days after arrival and one had a leg problem, but the remaining pullets and cockerel are beautiful and the pullets are laying great. Would defiantly order from them again.
On May 25, 2013, gusser33 Windsor Locks, CT wrote:
I ordered 7 chickens in November 2012 with delivery for April 2013. When ordering these chickens the representative was very helpful in helping me decide which chickens would best suit my needs. Very helpful and did not rush me in the least. I ordered all different breeds as i just want them for pets. In March i received a message from Meyer that the chickens were due shortly and i would be getting an email informing me as to the ship date. I received another message and finally one stating that the chickens had been shipped. I received them the next morning at 9:30. Great delivery. One chick was very sickly and i didn't think she was going to make it and when i spoke with the rep. she told me what i should do but gave me a credit for the bird. Well, it was a Buckeye and the poor thing did struggle to survive. But she did finally, after a few weeks pull through. I would recommend Meyer to anyone looking for good quality chicks delivered by a company that provides outstanding service.
My experience with Meyer has been totally great. I received 2 orders this month on 3/5, and on 3/12. 15 chicks ordered for each date15 chicks arrived alive each date and all chicks still alive and doing well. Very strong, eating good, and no pasty butt. I did request a heat pack and it was still warm when the chicks arrived. I ordered 52 chicks and 17 ducks from another hatchery delivered 2/26. I lost 15 in the first 24 hours and 6 more within 48 hours. 6 ducks were DOA and 3 more died within 24 hours. To say the least, I was disappointed. I will definitely order from Meyers again.
Posted on February 11, 2013, updated February 13, 2013
I ordered chicks on the 4th(Monday) and recieved them on the 7th(Thursday). It took them three days to get to me about 2-3 hours from the hatchery per mapquest. This was the first time that I had ever ordered from a hatchery and to say that I was excited to get my babies would be an understatement. I tracked my ordered and found that they had finally made it to my Post Office as I getting my youngest daughter ready for school. I called the Post Office and was told that I could meet them at the back door and actually pick my order up early before they opened...gotta love small towns!! :) Right away, I noticed 8 that were DOA. :( I called Meyer as soon as I got them home and informed them of the casualties and sadly,within a few hours there were more. The death toll was 11 out of 16 on the first day of arrival. They told me that they would replace the 11 but, that I had to order additional chicks to make an order of 15 because they no longer ship any less than that. I was fine with that but, they would not sell me the 4 chicks at the same price I had just bought just three days before in the same week.This is where I have a problem. Not only were my chicks dead and/or dying but, I had to order more and pay more! To me, this is bad business! My second gripe is that the shipping container was too large, not enough holes punched out, only one small heating pad that covered less than half of the box. The shipping costs are too high. I've since shopped around with other companies and their shipping is way less and most were on the other side of the US whereas, Meyer is just a few hours away. At this point, I'm not sure that I will be doing business with this company again. It'll depend on how fast the replacement chicks arrive and if they arrive alive this time and stay alive. I will keep everyone up to date as to what hapened after recieving them which should be within the next couple of days.
On February 13th, 2013, flamerider68 changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
alright, I promised an update and here it is.lol My replacement chicks shipped out on the 11th(Monday) and I awoke to a phone call this morning from the Post Office informing me that my babies were there! They allowed me to pick them up early again! :) I arrived with chick saver(electrolites), water and some feed and a pair of sissors to open the box with. Based on last week's horrific sight, I really didn't expect to be greeted by healthy birds BUT, I was proven wrong!! I was greeted with 15(no extras) cute little faces!! There is one that may be a little iffy but, that's to be expected though.. However, I'm glad I brought the water and chick saver..they were thirsty!! Secondly, I want to update everyone about the company. Jess, a rep for Meyer Hatchery called me yesterday morning. She said that she had reviewed my case and found they had over charged me for the 4 additional chicks needed to meet the 15 min. She also credited me for the additional chicks that was lost in the first 48 hour period. So, currently I am a happy customer! I have changed my rating from a neutral to a postive based on these three things:
*excellent customer service
*faster shipping time
*Delivery of living Chicks
We order many chicks every year, and have ordered from several different hatcheries, among them Murray McMurray, Mt. Healthy, and Meyer.
I've had no problems with any hatchery, and different varieties from different hatcheries perform differently. For instance, my MMM Easter Eggers outperform Meyer Easter Eggers in terms of laying ability, by I prefer Meyer's red sex links to MMM's.
Although I have received chicks through the mail from Meyer, we have started driving to pick them up to save shipping costs when we buy started pullets. Meyer has such a great price on started pullets--we can't start them ourselves for that price, so buying the started pullets saves us money and effort. I was concerned that pullets started at the hatchery would be afraid of people, but the red sex link pullets we get from them are the friendliest chickens I have, and were from the start. I don't know how they keep them so friendly, since clearly they aren't getting individual attention and there are many birds in one pen, but even when we picked them up the hatchery worker just walked into the pen (they're floor raised) and picked the hens up for us--the hens didn't run away. They also lay extremely well. We are in our third year with some of our Meyer RSL hens, and they are still laying 5-7 off-the-charts super jumbo eggs a week. No health problems, no behavior problems, just great hens.
I do wish they had an option to not have the beaks clipped on their started pullets. We don't need it done, and it looks gross. I will say that they free range just as well as the rest of the flock even with the clipped beak, which was something I worried about.
My experiences with Meyer have all been positive. The customer service has been pleasant and has resolved any small problems I've had quickly and nicely. I'm an experienced chicken raiser and have ordered several hundred chicks through the mail and Meyer is as consistent as any other hatchery, with good prices.
WHAT A GREAT COMPANY~! We have a small farm and were looking to add ducks. This company had a very nice selection of ducklings, so my children put together our FIRST online poultry order ever. A little scared to buy living things to be mailed, we decided to add to the order with a couple more items. No problem with Meyer. Then added some health items the day before hatch date, again Meyer said no problem. I even called on the hatch date , asking how my babies were? Meyer said great, they were going out later that day. recieved an email saying they were coming, and sure enough (after letting my post office know) got the call that I had a chirping box. My son drove into to town with me, and to our DELIGHT, the box was smartly constructed for our live animals, and all were happily chirping. We have BEAUTIFUL HEALTHY ALERT fabulous ducklings. I would reccomend this company as a truely good source for poultry. Customer Sevice A+. Would buy again. And as my ducklings grow up, I will be thankful that the mother stock at Meyer was obviously good stock.
I ordered my chicks from a different hatchery but bought supplies from Meyer because they were priced more reasonably. My supplies were delivered in a very timely manner. I was very pleased with the packaging of the supplies-nothing was broken, smashed, or missing. There was also good communication via email from customer service about products that I had questions about.
On Jun 6, 2012, petset77 Fort Garland, CO (Zone 4b) wrote:
We placed a small order of six chicks, based on their detailed website listing availability and hatch dates. We got two each of Rhode Island Red, White Leghorn, and Columbian Wyandotte. Hatch date was June 3, and ship date June 4. They arrived at the post office June 6, all healthy and active. The phone personnel were helpful and knowledgeable. The website has photos and info on many breeds, along with availability of each for months upcoming, making the choice of one's purchase simple. I originally went to the site to buy a breed that would not be hatching for a month, so I chose the ones I did based on availability. I will be doing business with them again.
Posted on May 3, 2012, updated May 5, 2012
Posted on May 3, 2012, updated May 3, 2012
Where, oh where, shall I begin? You know the saying, “Don’t count your chicks until they hatch”, well “I put all my eggs in one basket” and now I’m sitting here with an empty brooder. To say I’m disappointed would be a mild understatement.
I started my search for hatcheries this winter when I came across the “All Pullet Rainbow Pack” at Meyer Hatchery that boasted “We will make every effort to include as many different breeds as possible, but guarantee a minimum of 5.” Perfect!! That’s what I want! So I read some reviews, some positive, some negative, but decided that I’d give them the benefit of the doubt anyhow. This was in February.
Strike 1: (should have listened to the warning bells going off in my head)
March 21st, I called to place my order. When it was completed, she said “You should receive those between the 4th and 6th of May” “May?” I asked, “According to the website, they’re available is the first weeks in April?” To which I was told, “the website is a little misleading!” Really? You think? If you’re going to have a very clear and concise weekly calendar with availability dates listed on it, it should be accurate!!!
Strike 2: (I don’t have a good feeling about this)
May 3rd, a month and a half later, having yet to see an update on my order status, I call Meyer and get a very pleasant lady looks my order up and says ”Hmmm…I’ve never seen this before, there are no line items on your order. I see that you placed an order on March 21st, that you were charged $71 on April 19th, but nothing was shipped out. I’ll have to check into this, and I’ll call you back”
Strike 3: (Really? You call that customer service?)
I receive a call back from Meyer within 15 minutes explaining that there was a “glitch” in the computer and that they were sorry, but my order was not shipped out because there was no order to ship. And that all they could do was to place another order and that I would receive it at the end of May? Another month?? Unacceptable!!! No offer to discount my order. No “we’ll add some chickens to your order for your trouble”. Not even a mention to deduct the shipping charge. Just a sorry, better luck next time.
I live in Maine; production tips off in October as it is. They wouldn’t lay until the end of November at that rate, if at all, until the following spring. I can’t even begin to tell you how dissatisfied and disappointed I am!
So now I’m left scrambling to find a hatchery or a person or a neighbor that might possibly have some chicks that I can purchase as I’ve already missed out on the orders from the local feed stores because I put my faith in Meyer! I’m not the type that makes mistakes twice, so I will NOT be doing business with them again, and being human, the story of my dissatisfaction will be told again and again and again…
On May 3rd, 2012, mustlovespam changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
UPDATE: Posted the review you see above on Meyer's website and received a call from them less than an hour after hitting send. The woman was friendly and apologetic that my order was handled. We worked out an alternate shipping date, and she added a vit-a-pack (vitamin supplement to put in their water once a week) to my order. She apologized again and told me she'd keep in touch until my order shipped.
Then after she got off the phone, she noticed that I was also charged the wrong amount and called me right back to let me know that she'd be crediting my account the difference.
My confidence has been renewed in human kind. Let's hope all goes well :)On May 5th, 2012, mustlovespam added the following:
I guess there's something to be said about not sending an email when you're upset. It's one thing to write it, but completely another to send it.
I've had such a fast and positive response from Meyer, that I am now feeling guilty about posting something so negative. I'm now singing their praises. I got a personally written card from Jess @ Meyer apologizing once again and wishing me all the best once my chicks arrive this coming week.
We ordered a batch of 32 chicks. They all arrived alive, and after 2 days we had 29 left (out of an original count of 34, 32 plus 2 "free"). I called the company and they issued credit very willingly. The mortality rate was a little higher than we have experienced with McMurray or Cackle, but overall not bad. We ordered these May of 2011, and they have developed into a nice flock. My one issue would be that we ordered 4 white Cochins, and I'm pretty sure that we didn't receive 4 Cochins. Pretty decent place. We placed another order for April, so I'll update then.
I ordered from Meyer based on chick availability, I wanted them in early Jan 2012. I received a shipping notification on email, and my chicks arrived just over 24 hours after the email. I have ordered from several different hatcheries and must say Meyer is only the 2nd hatchery that ALL of my chicks arrived live and well. They are vibrant, and just waiting to see how they grow. Other hatcheries (which I won't name) I've ordered from and the last 2 years and a late February delivery produced bad luck. Each time when the box was opened it looked like a mass grave. Not with Meyer, and so far I'm 100% satisfied. Thank you Meyer and I will look forward to my next order real soon.
almost 2 years ago i ordered 25 chicks, 13 buff orpingtons (1 rooster and 11pullets) and 12 dominique (1 rooster and 10 pullets) ana received 1 extra. lost only 2 within 2 weeks the rest survived now i only have 7 buff orpington hens,1 buff orpington rooster and 3 dominique hens, the others have been killed by my son's dog. i am getting anywhere from 8 to 10 eggs a day from my hens in october one hen set on 6 eggs and 5 hatched they are about six weeks old. ihave planned to order more from meyer hatchery this coming year probably another 25 or so from them again.
we had ordered a varity of chickens, they shipped them out monday they ened up an hour away but the post office was nice to call so we got them a day earliar rather then us waiting for them to come to the postal service near me. they shipped us 4 extra and one mystery bird. out of 105 chicks only one was dead. they all seem healthy and a couple of chicks have cones on their head which are very cute. i would order from them again i was very pleased with what i got. thank you
So far, So good. I had a horrible expierence with MurrayMcMurray Hatchery so I placed a order with Meyer. ordered 17 chicks. All my chicks arrived safe and sound. Not one loss. 3 days later, no losses. They all seem healthy and happy. Every order from the other hatchery I lost at least HALF of my baby chicks. I will make any edits to this over the next few weeks if I lose any more but as of right now, I am very satisfied. They were very nice and helpful over the phone as well. Another great thing? You dont have to order 25 chicks and they place a heating pad in the shipping box which I think made a world of differene. They have no pasty bottoms either, Other hatchery....All had pasty bottoms. They were very reasonably priced and I received a lot of help and guidence over the phone when placing my order. This will be my go to online hatchery from now on.
I have ordered from this hatchery for several years now. I have always been very satisfied with their service and quality. My latest order included 25+1 of their best brown egg layers, all pullets. They arrived a day earlier than I expected, all lively, all healthy. I appreciate affordable poultry, which they definitely provide. I certainly would not hesitate to order from this company, and would recommend them to others.
The phone staff was extremely friendly when I placed my order. My 9 chicks were born November 8 (and 9) 2010. When they did not arrive at the post office on the 9th I called. They said that there were a few late bloomers, and now they were ready to go. At the post office on the 10th there were 3 people in front of me in line. They were all looking around for the source on that peeping noise. The Araucana peeped non-stop until I got the box home. Four weeks later all the chicks are happy and healthy. I highly recommend Meyer Hatchery. They have a great selection and you can order as few as 3 chicks.
On Nov 22, 2010, berniedoran Centerburg, OH wrote:
Posted on October 28, 2010, updated November 22, 2010
ordered 12 black jersey giants, hatched 3AM Oct. 25. had them vac. and picked them up at 3 PM Oct. 25. home at 4 PM, 110 mi round trip. several started eating immediately. by AM Oct 26. all eating and drinking. All going strong today, Oct 28, doubled in size. They will chase a string like a cat!!! very active, unless asleep, even try to catch flies. I can not imagine what else Meyer could do, staff was friendly, etc. I wonder if the people reporting problems received them in the mail. believe me, I am one of the first to bitch if there is a problem, sure do not see one here. Centerburg, Ohio
On November 22nd, 2010, berniedoran added the following:
today, Nov 22, the chicks are four weeks old. still all twelve growing like, well chicks, they look big already, legs are huge, very active. what more to say? Bernie
On Oct 16, 2010, howdydoody Springfield, KY wrote:
I have ordered from Meyer on numerous occasions over the last 3-4 years. I have ordered over 100 chicks (some small orders), and some ducklings from this supplier of poultry and supplies. I have nothing but good things to say about this company that not only saved me alot of money but delivered my chicks and ducklings in excellent condition. The ducklings order was 12, 6 males and 6 females. All are alive and well in the pond and they are beautiful rouens. I have raised Meyer broilers, laying hens (black austrolorps, blackstars, buffs, barred rocks, white leghorns, wyandottes), and ducklings and ordered supplies also. Their prices are very reasonable and my son showed 3 of the laying chickens at the state fair and won 3 ribbons. When ordering chicks, take into account the weather they will be arriving in and have sugar water ready for them (warm if necessary), plenty of food (place a shiny coin in the feed), a draft free place to put them and plenty of warmth from a brooder light. We will be ordering from Meyer again soon as I am a very satisfied customer.
I picked up my chick order on 3/15. They were all healthy and Meyer even included extra chicks which was a surprise since they weren't shipped. All are doing great. Staff was helpful and friendly, their store was well stocked with supplies, reasonably priced. Will absolutely order from them again!
I’m very pleased with my experience with Meyer Hatchery. I only wanted a few female chicks, not 25, so I tried Meyer’s small order program. I ordered 2 Barred Rocks, 1 Rhode Island Red, and 1 Black Star. There was a minor issue at first. I requested a 2 Sep 08 delivery date, but when the chicks didn’t show up by 4 Sep I called to find out where the chicks were. The Customer Service person was very nice and apologized. She said they didn’t know what happened, but the chicks didn’t ship. She reentered the order to be delivered on 9 Sep. Sure enough the chicks showed up on the 9th. I was impressed with the packaging. The box was very sturdy and lined with soft material with a little heat pack. All 4 chicks are very healthy and full of energy. I would buy from them again because they have this option for people that can only accommodate a small number of chickens.
I am a very satisfied customer. I ordered 100 Buff Orpington pullets and 12 Buff Orpington males. Meyer Hatchery delivered on the date as promised. ALL of my chicks arrived alive and healthy. They began to eat and drink as soon as I put them in the brooder. 5 hours later they were running around flapping their wings. They are 9 days old now and I still haven't lost a one of them. They are healthy, lively and very friendly little birds. BTW - I recieved 3 extra males and 4 extra females with my order.
I ordered from McMurray last year and ended up with chicks that I know are cross bred. After phone calls and e-mails and pictures sent. Still no response from them. I will NEVER order from McMurray again. I was not even asking them for a refund or anything. I just wanted to know what my chickens were a cross of or for them to say " hey, we are sorry our breeding stock stinks." Still no response. Not to mention how over priced the chicks they sell are. 100 buff orpington pullets from McMurray were $100 MORE than what I paid at Meyer.
So, I have found a new hatchery with Meyer Hatchery. I WILL order from them next time. VERY VERY Pleased with Meyer and they were very friendly and the chicks are wonderful. :)
On Feb 22, 2008, Catscan Lodi United States wrote:
I ordered the "special small order" of 6 chicks with a heating pad, because I really couldn't afford to have all the extra roosters most hatcheries want to put in to keep a small order warm. Then I started worrying because they were due to travel across the country during very cold weather--To my relief they all arrived healthy and happy. The packaging was very effective at keeping them safe and warm. Customer service was excellent--even when the post office temporarily lost the chicks (they were left sitting on the back dock) and I was panicking--the customer service at Meyer stayed very calm, concerned and reassuring. They did put in an extra chick, in case of loss, and it is one of the same breeds I'd ordered, so I am very happy. I will definitely order from them again.
On Dec 5, 2007, Badseed Hillsboro, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
I had a very nice experience with this company. We are really enjoying our first time raising chickens and learning as we go. We have so many eggs that we have to sell them!
Despite our large order, they added a few extra chicks which pretty well guaranteed our success. We only lost one chick the first day so we came out ahead. Any other loss was our fault.
My only complaint is that the availability for certain breed pullets ran down quickly so we ordered mixes. We also ordered 6 straight run and only got 2 cockrels. We wanted the hens for eggs so 2 males in 50 something birds was perfect!
We received a large variety of hens and are very happy with them! Shipping was super fast and the birds arrived here on a Monday morning. We'll be ordering again!