I am an experienced chicken owner on a small farm and I sell a lot of eggs direct to customers. Mt. Healthy is my preferred hatchery for replacement chicks.
- Birds always seem healthy and vigorous for me. I've only ever lost 1 Mt. Healthy chick and it was the runty, off colored one I picked out of a bin at Tractor Supply... so it probably was just because it was born that way or something. Never had a problem otherwise.
- The shipping fee is very reasonable, at least compared to the others I have ordered from. Shipping has been good and fast and I've never had a problem with them being delayed or anything.
- Always had pretty good luck with the sexing from this hatchery. I have gotten 2 roos total from them. One was a 'packing peanut' and is now my beautiful flock guardian. The other was an accident in a batch of 15 that I ordered as sexed pullets... but since there's only about a 90 percent guarantee, this is just fine. All others I've gotten from them have been pullets each time.
- 'Create your own mix' is great for those who want a variety or are indecisive.
- The Easter Eggers I have gotten from them are the most varied and most fun of all my EE. Other EE I have gotten have had several turn out looking very similar. My Mt. Healthy batch are all completely different and have completely different personalities. It's fantastic seeing what you might get.
- Birds will NOT be show quality, so don't expect them to be. (I don't think it makes sense to expect show quality for 3-4 dollars a bird anyway, but some people seem to so I'm just pointing it out.) My Gold Laced Wyandottes have pretty good lacing, but a few have single combs or combs that are not-quite-rosecombs. The Silver Laced Wyandottes have a mix of rose and single combs too and... eh... not really lacing. There's a silver center to the feathers but it's thin on some of them, and on others it's mottled or broken with black and not a distinct, clean 'lace'. The SLW also ranged in size hugely for the first year, with one obviously much larger and one obviously much smaller than the others. They're now fully mature and the difference isn't quite as bad I guess. I got them for laying, though, not for showing, and they lay like champions, usually right through the winter without any heat or light provided. So, this is not an issue for me. Also, do not mistake this to mean that they look bad - they do not. They are all beautiful birds, just not to breed standards.
- There wasn't a lot of communication when my order shipped. I wasn't sure if it had gone out on the day I requested, and I had to email them to confirm to see if I should be expecting a call from the post office. They responded quickly and were polite, though.
So yes, far I have had nothing I would consider to be a big problem and would always put them my list to order from again.
Posted on July 8, 2012, updated December 18, 2013
Posted on March 15, 2012, updated July 8, 2012
I ordered 15 chicks online. I live on the west coast, so it was a very long distance for them to travel. They arrived exactly when I was expecting them. They are the correct breed, and I received one extra. The chicks were robust and healthy right out of the box and are all eating and drinking. I will try to remember to update as they start to lay to review how well they do.
On July 8th, 2012, maoiio added the following:
An update on my Hubbard golden comets - They have matured into quite attractive birds. They started to lay consistently at 16 weeks. The eggs are on the small size, but are getting larger as the birds mature. I would order these birds from this hatchery again!On December 18th, 2013, maoiio added the following:
I love these birds. They lay jumbo eggs almost every day, even through the winter with no extra heat or lighting. They are also extremely friendly. Almost too friendly! I have to sneak around the yard if I don't want them following me around. They are easy to pick up and handle as adults.
On Jul 20, 2013, bigorpington Crystal Lakes, OH wrote:
I ordered 25 buff orpingtons and received them on July 18 2013. I picked them up from the post office and opened the box up there and found 27 live healthy chicks. They added two extra chicks in, incase one had died during shipping. It is now July 21 2013 and all the chicks are doing great and even have wing feathers coming in. I will order from Mt. Healthy for now on. The people that I have spoke with are friendly, informative and have beautiful healthy chicks.
I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Mt. Healthy Hatchery. I have ordered from them several times over the last 2 years and have always been extremely happy with them.
The first time I ordered from them was a bad experience. Not because of the hatchery, but because the post office left the chicks in the freezing cold and most were dead. Mt. Healthy send a new batch of birds the next day and every single one of them was alive and healthy.
I have ordered hundreds of birds from them, including 50 turkeys which were for Thanks Giving last year, most of which I sold, and they were huge birds, all healthy.
This morning I picked up 50 pullet chicks from them, along with 25 bonus roosters. They sent me Buff Orpingtons as the bonus roosters, which I will sell at auction this weekend and it will pay for more than half the pullet chicks I ordered. What a deal as always! Great company!
Excellent! Beautiful healthy chicks, shipped quickly and well-packaged. Communication was superb and they sent exactly what I ordered, with an additional bonus. I would definitely recommend Mt Healthy Hatchery, and will be back for more in the future.
Posted on April 5, 2011, updated January 14, 2013
I ordered 200 black sex link pullets from Mt Healthy and recieved 211, all alive and healthy. 4 days into the brooding, I have only lost one. I am very pleased with the results so far. Photos of happy animals are posted on my website at http://www.csfarmandfarrier.com Chad Sale
On January 14th, 2013, CSFarm added the following:
Recieved 100 Cornish, 100 Assorted Pullets and 100 RIR roosters Thursday of last week. All were alive at arrival and I have lost one cornish and one rooster to date. I have always been pleased with my purchases from Mt Healthy Hatchery. I switched to Mt Healthy after Cackle Hatchery ripped me off on $500 of sick birds.
In the spring of 2012 I bought various breeds of baby chicks at Tractor Supply, which gets them from Mt. Healthy. All of the chicks done great and grew up to be amazing birds. The Australorp roosters were huge, every chicken was healthy and hardy, one Orpington hen layed 6 eggs a week during fall with no artificial light, and a RIR hen (no joke) lays 29 eggs a month right now in December with no artificial light.
I am very pleased with the health and quality of Mt.Healthy hatchery I will most likely be ordering online this year to take advantage of their free cockerels offer. I am disappointed that people didn't pay attention to all the steps and details of the ordering process and ended up giving this company it's one negative review, but then again you can't please everyone.
On Dec 27, 2011, newtonfalls Newton Falls, OH wrote:
i ordered the heavy combo #3 - 50 roosters and 50 st run hatchery choice of breed or breeds 100 baby chicks for 60$. i asked for black giants if possible . they sent me exactly what i wanted even though they didnt have to. i am very pleased with them and would recommend them. i got all the chicks i asked for and they are very healthy and energetic. thank you mt healthy .
Posted on May 14, 2010, updated July 9, 2011
Posted on August 4, 2008, updated May 14, 2010
I ordered 25 Comet pullets from Mt. Healthy Hatcheries. They were shipped on the 30th and arrived the next day. Both the postmistress and I were impressed with the clever boxing arrangement and the obvious health and fine condition of the pullets. She said that 100% survival is not common with other companies.
The chicks took off right away, eating and drinking well. They are active but calm, and clearly very healthy and happy.
I am so pleased with my entire experience with Mt. Healthy Hatcheries, and will not hesitate to order from them in the future.
On May 14th, 2010, Illini added the following:
This year, I ordered fifteen barred rocks from Mt. Healthy. Again, I received them the day after they hatched and in really excellent condition.
I can't say enough about the ease of ordering with Mt. Healthy, their great communication, and the wonderful quality of their chicks!
This is the only poultry hatchery I intend to ever order from in the future - they're terrific!On July 9th, 2011, Illini added the following:
I love the Barred Rocks I got last year, so I just ordered fifteen more straight run chicks. These, too, are healthy chicks that have really taken off and are thriving.
This is a great company that sells carefully shipped, hearty poultry and provides excellent customer communication.
I have purchased from Mt. Healthy's several times in the past few years, as well as from local shops and McMurray's, and Mt. Healthy is always my favorite. I have always recieved active, healthy birds. I always lose a very predictable one within twenty four hours, and generally one more 1-2 weeks in. The rest thrive. They have all grown large and vibrant, and many were easily show quality. And I have always recieved at least one extra chick, which makes up for the one I always lose early.
The thing I have appreciated most, however, is the customer service. They are always very friendly and helpful, and often have made "special arrangements" for me, such as in my last order just this week that I placed on Monday and really needed to have by this week... Most of the chicks had been sold already, but they checked around and got my order (a mixed batch) together and shipped exactly as I had ordered, and they arrived Thursday morning! Their service has always been above and beyond my expectations, even in spite of the fact that my orders are always small, my chicks have always been very healthy, clearly labelled, and exactly right.
Also, when I first began raising chicks and had concerns about their health, etc., the staff at Mt. Healthy was very patient and informative and quick to offer to make anything right where necessary.
While I don't expect every order and experience to be perfect, Mt. Healthy's sure has a running record well above par with me! I know that even if I should ever get an order with a problem, they'll do everything they can to make it right.
I have been to this hatchery, and they are first class. I have bought them at a local feed store, through the mail and picked them up at the hatchery. I've had the nicest Buff Orbingtons, and big large breed layers. And Millie the Missile Layer -green double yokers! Repeat buyer
On Feb 19, 2010, borealrose East Hardwick, VT wrote:
We ordered 15 Speckled Sussex pullets from Mt. Healthy in June '09. The order shipped without a glitch but a couple of the chicks were DOA because the post office put the box on its side and the poor chicks at the wrong end of the box got smothered :(, but all the others arrived in great shape with no additional fatalities, shipping stress or problems of any kind, and we were happy that we did not get a single cockerel in the bunch. The hens are sweet, friendly birds that are of good quality and look the way the breed is supposed to look; we are very happy with them. When the time comes to add to our flock, I'll definitely order from Mt. Healthy again.
We ordered 25 Ameracauna pullets. 25 arrived within 12 hours of their estimated arrival time. 24 were healthy and one was listless and died within an hour of arrival. I called and they have given me credit on a future order. They were kind and apologetic. The chicks have thrived and are happy little peepers. I will order from this company again next spring.
On Jul 3, 2008, gallesfarm Tamworth, NH (Zone 4b) wrote:
I ordered several Cornish Rock broiler chicks as well as a variety of pullets for laying hens and some roosters. Unfortunately, when the shipment arrived most of the chicks were dead. I called the company and the owner called me back to get more details, and to explain that they'd been having problems with USPS personnel packing the chick boxes incorrectly in their trucks, and overheating them. He said he would re-ship the entire order as soon as the chicks were available, even though some of the chicks did survive the first shipment. I have received the replacement broilers, all alive and healthy and am looking forward to the remainder of the replacements. I don't blame the hatchery for the problem, but they were prompt in responding to the issue, even though it wasn't their fault. I would be happy to do business with them again.