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Positive Muscovychef
(1 review)
On Aug 17, 2009, Muscovychef Milan, NM wrote:

I have ordered from them for the last 3 years. Customer service has always been great . I havd had some losses in mallard ducks only. No they dont put many or no extras , Those days are gone . Most hatcheries dont send any or very few and they are higher priced than ideal. I have 100 asst hatchery choice right now. Plus my mallards. I called customer service and got polite reasonable service.Many of the breeds ive bought in the past were better than breeders marans laid better darker eggs on egg chart than show stock..The barbanters are a joke but are a recreated breed. It pays to do some research on what your buying. I have no illness ever from ideal. and right now i have 100 very diffrent birds .all alive I did get 3 extra in mallards no but I dont think we should expect extra .I get what I pay for and often better .

Positive Kajun_kid
(1 review)
On Jul 19, 2009, Kajun_kid Duson, LA wrote:

I have ordered birds from Ideal several times. I've heard great news about other hatcheries, but Ideal is the closest to Louisiana, so that's why I went with them. Each time I ordered chics, all that were alive were healthy and alert. I lost 1 or 2 chics each order and they were DOA. I never lost a bird after placing them into my brooder. Ideal was much less expensive than other hatcheries and my birds look great. Over the past 2 years, I have ordered 25 top hats, 25 bantams, 25 black Austrolorps, 25 Rhode Island Reds, 25 white leghorns and 50 barred rocks. (due to the increased cost of feed, I sold a few) I pick up over 53 eggs each day from these birds. Since I didn't make a claim for the few dead birds, I can't comment on the customer service after the sale. I always phoned in my order and spoke with friendly people each time. I will order from Ideal again.

Positive PullTab
(2 reviews)
On Mar 31, 2009, PullTab Beautiful Brazoria County, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

April '08 I ordered 25 assorted Bantams and picked them up in person in Cameron. Nice trip, nice chicks. Early on I lost 1 chick to my own mishandling.

A local feed and seed carries Ideal chicks spring and fall and I have purchased 'off the rack' Ideal chicks for 15 years. We started with Rhode Island Reds (The Meanest Roosters in the galaxy), Barred Rocks and Black Sex Link, all standard size. I have always had good results with Ideal Poultry but the birds don't have a long trip before they get to town.

Positive patriciah777
(1 review)
On Jan 8, 2009, patriciah777 Stevensville, MT wrote:

I'm so sorry for the persons who had such bad experiences. Even though this was my first order with Ideal, I only ordered a few chicks, was DELIGHTED with their service. I got exactly what I ordered, including a half dozen large males for warmth [I ordered mostly bantams]. In fact, I even changed my order shortly before shipping, necessitating credits, etc., and had NO PROBLEM with any portion of the experience: ordering, shipping, bookkeeping. I suggest, however, for anyone ordering shipped chicks from anywhere, to keep close contact with the shipper, calling or personally checking to see if they've arrived. I live in a small town, so had no problem, but in a larger, busier facility there could be delay in notification, which could result in lost chicks. I'm sorry that the 'experienced' buyer made allegations about disease, without having proof, but ??????????? I just wish I had this good of service from the airline and insurance company I'm currently haggling with.

On January 8th, 2009, patriciah777 added the following:

I'm also VERY GLAD they included feed and water introduction instructions [which I followed religiously, being a novice]. Otherwise, I wouldn't have known to take this step. As an anxious beginner, I also kept VERY close tabs on them; they were in my bathroom, just for that purpose with recommended temperature. Anyway, GO Ideal; I plan to order more this spring!!
Positive cujobuster
(1 review)
On Dec 24, 2008, cujobuster Holiday, FL wrote:

So far so good, I received my small order of 24 (plus one) chick - all appear to be healthy, drinking and eating well - there is one chick that appears to have a leg problem but is trying to overcome it...I will see what happens by the morning..customer service was fine, as it was my first order, I was nervous, and they responded promptly to email..

Positive tnthompson
(1 review)
On Dec 23, 2008, tnthompson Conroe, TX wrote:

I have purchased from Ideal Poultry for the past six years receiving my latest order today, 12-23-08. Chickens are my hobby and I run between 30-40 birds at a time. Each time I have ordered from Ideal, I ordered a variety of chicks. Each and every order that I have received from Ideal, all chicks were alive and healthy and exactly what I ordered. The customer service I have received has always been great. With a record like this, I can't see doing business anywhere else.

Positive ggm1957
(1 review)
On Sep 6, 2008, ggm1957 Island Pond, VT wrote:

On April 16, 2008, my son and I received our 16 ordered ducklings. (An extra one was sent, but one died that day). The ducklings were shipped out on Tuesday and arrived on Wednesday. As of September 6, 2008, our 16 babies are 5 months old and are still doing beautifully. We are so happy to have them and would order from Ideal again. Thank you.

Positive larlienda
(35 reviews)
On Apr 6, 2008, larlienda Strasburg, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I received my first order from Ideal this past thursday, 3 april. There were 5 goslings and 8 ducklings which was the exact amount i ordered. No extras, but for the first time since i've ordered poultry and water fowl NONE were needed! All are extremely robust and healthy and absolutely thriving.
My previous two orders from another company included some dead on arrival, some that died shortly after, one blind duck and one crippled gosling. I'm used to having spend a lot of extra attention and care on the weak and sick.
This time i'm spending extra time playing and spoiling these babies!

I will be getting my chicks (25 pullets and 1 roo) from Ideal in May and i can't wait!

I definitely recommend them for hatchlings.


Positive Kittfox
(2 reviews)
On Feb 1, 2008, Kittfox Rougemont, NC wrote:

On May 29 2007 we ordered 24 chicks from Ideal via the telephone [as we were trying to get an order asap]
The lady answering the phone was knowledgeable, extremely polite, and took the time to answer questions and let us know if the breeds/colors that we were interested in were hatching soon.
On June 13 2007 the order arrived on time and correct, all chicks were healthy and thriving.
We plan to order from them again ... and again .....

Positive TritonsFarm
(2 reviews)
On Dec 1, 2007, TritonsFarm Beverly, WA (Zone 5b) wrote:

I ordered 75 chicks in October. All 75 arrived in excellent condition. They are now over a month old and they still look great. Have not lost a one and they are very healthy and active. They did not send any extra, but I rather have them all healthy than sending extras.

Positive Ser
(1 review)
On Oct 19, 2007, Ser Hanover, PA wrote:

I have ordered 3 times from Ideal and have had a great experince all three times. I have a limited amount of space so ordering less than 25 chicks, like most require, was a big help. The first two shipments arrived safely and all were alive and healthy. The third shipment had 5 dead and 2 more died later. However I don't believe this was the companys fault. I believe there was Post Office Error. However, the company put a credit through on my credit card as soon as I contacted them. They were extremely nice and hepful. I still have all the chicks and they are very healthy and great layers.

Positive wshell2006
(1 review)
On Aug 22, 2007, wshell2006 Bertram, TX wrote:

I have ordered baby chicks from this company and they have never disapointed me whith their service or product. One of the best and most inexpensive of any hatcherys in the us. Any problems of death of poor shipping (not by their fault) has been corrected with ease and nice cooperation. Thanks for all the years of service. scott

Positive brudavic
(1 review)
On Aug 18, 2007, brudavic Makawao, HI wrote:

I have been ordering large quantities of birds from Ideal since the beginning of 2007. (Between 100-200 birds at a time). The arrival of my shipment usually arrives the day after hatching, sometimes another day is added. (We are talking from Texas to Hawaii!) I request from Ideal with each order to confirm that my order was shipped as requested, and without fail, Ideal contacts me to inform my order has been shipped and I notify the post office of their anticipated arrival. As soon as the birds arrive, the post office calls for pick up, and it usually occurs early morning before operating hours. I lose a maximum of 2-5 birds on the smaller orders, 10 at the most on larger orders. I immediately give my birds lukewarm water containing sugar for the first 3 days, and freshly boiled eggs, chopped real fine, sprinkled on top of the turkey starter. The eggs are only given on their initial arrival, and they begin thriving immediately. Some of the birds appear weaker than others, and those birds are put in a broader separate from the other chicks that are more active to give them a better chance of survival,which in most cases, they all survive. The temp. in the broader is 90 degrees, which I drop a degree everyday til it is the same degrees as our natural climate. I free range all my chickens within 10 days. A vast majority of breeds do I have, and the birds that I get from Ideal have wonderful temperments, and are wonderful egg layers. Raising the birds is my hobby, and I do sell some of them privately once they have reached 3-4 weeks of age, and word on the island is that I have the best birds. I have ordered birds from other hatcheries and havent been as satistied with the shipping or the quality of the birds. The loss ratio was alot higher and the orders smaller! Birds from other hatcheries dont compare to the birds from Ideal. I ordered 24 keets, (guinea hens) in one of my orders and I only lost 2 of them. Many individuals who have tried to raise keets had a zero survival rate!! I will continue to use only Ideal Poultry as my source of purchasing birds.

Positive LoraK
(1 review)
On Jun 27, 2007, LoraK Woodsville, NH wrote:

I ordered for the first online for live chicks, I ordered 8 bantams, 7 marans and 3 ducklings for a friend, everyone arrived healthy and happy and are thriving today. I would recommend them. My post office called me shortly after 6am to tell me they were there. No problems even though I added the ducklings the week before they were due to ship

Positive jab91864
(7 reviews)
On May 23, 2007, jab91864 Northern Michigan, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I ordered an assortment of chicks and guineas from Ideal. All in all I'd rate them an 8 on a scale of 1-10.
Ten of my little guys died right away (1-dead on arrival, 1-dieing on arrival, and 1-badly deformed ) but there was a freak snowstorm so I think that may be more to blame for my losses overall.
Customer service was very friendly and they will credit you with the cost of lost chicks.
Honestly don't know if I would buy from them again, but that is only because of the distance. Texas to Michigan in a little box is a rough trip no matter how you slice it.

Positive farming555
(1 review)
On Mar 2, 2007, farming555 Skamokawa, WA wrote:

We ordered 225 Red Sex-Links.
We received 229 on March 2, 2007. They appear to be strong and healthy.
We have a small farm egg business with 800 layers.
Ideal has 4 different kinds of Sex-Links to choose from which is great for our business.
Ideal is professional and friendly. A top quality family business.

(1 review)
On Aug 9, 2006, CHICKENCRAZY06 Lakeland, FL wrote:


Positive Lonicera
(2 reviews)
On Jan 22, 2006, Lonicera Jacksonville, TX wrote:

Very responsive, courteous customer service. The online order said they were out of runner ducks, until the next year, so I put in a request. Within a few days, I got a response that if I only needed a few runner ducks, they'd have a small hatch within the week.

I've ordered several times, and they were always helpful. This was important to me, because I'm a beginner, and my orders are small; but I'm treated like a customer with a large order.

All birds arrived healthy, and I never had a loss.

Positive raymatt
(1 review)
On Sep 7, 2005, raymatt Burnet, TX wrote:

i have bought chicks, by mail, from Ideal Poultry on numerous occasions over a 25 year period .. usually 25 chicks at a time, usually production reds and sometimes some auracanas .. i have always had very good luck with them .. i bought 25 production red chicks again last month and turned the old hens out into the big corral where they could scratch for bugs .. haven't lost any of the new chicks although 3 of the old hens have come up missing from predators ..

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