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Positive Dbtour
(1 review)
On Aug 7, 2020, Dbtour Coventry, RI wrote:

Placed my order online 6/26/20 for 35 chicks (7 different breeds, they require a minimum of 5 chicks per breed and a minimum of 25 chicks to ship) and automatically received an email letting me know to expect a response from a human within 3-5 business days.

About 2-3 weeks later on 7/13/20 I emailed them myself as I had not received a response yet. I promptly received an order confirmation that same day (7/13/20 - this is also the date my packing slip says I placed the order), with an estimated ship date of 8/19/20.

Last week on 7/31/20, I got both a phone call and an email letting me know my order ship date was moved up to 8/5/20. This was a welcome surprise and I was glad for it. There was no additional charge for this change that I have seen as of yet.

The chicks were received today 8/7/20. All were alive upon arrival, and so far seem energetic, loud, and curious about their brooder. Unfortunately however I only received 30 birds instead of the ordered 35. I called Welp and spoke with a kind man (Michael I believe?) who offered to refund 5 birds, as I was unsure of which breed were missing. I accepted a refund of a random 5 birds of their choosing, and I myself offered the lowest priced breed because I was unsure which breed was missing. I will see which 5 they refunded me in about a week according to the man I spoke with.

Upon further inspection of the birds I believe either my 5 Speckled Sussex or 5 Barnevelders didn't make it into my box with their coop mates, as I clearly have 10 chicks with feathered feet (Gold and Silver Laced Cochins), 5 dark grey chicks (Blue Wyandottes?), 5 creamish grey and red chicks (Blue Laced Red Wyandottes?), as well as 5 chicks with chunky "beards" (Ameraucana). There are 5 remaining chicks, I assume are either my Speckled Sussex, Barnevelders, or a combination of the two breeds.

My review is overall positive even with the couple issues (communication and missing birds) with Welp for a few reasons:
- The chicks all arrived alive, something I can't say for all the hatcheries I've used in the past.
- The 30/35 chicks I did receive appear to be in better health than other hatcheries I've used in the past.
- The fact that they were willing to rectify the situation, even though their records showed they sent 35 birds. I offered video proof of me cutting the strings on the box and opening the lid, but he took my word for it an offered a refund with no questions (other than asking if I knew which breed was missing of course) asked.

I would definitely order from Welp again in the future if my 30 birds all grow well over the next few weeks, and if at least 90% of them are pullets like I ordered. The selection they have is great, extensive, and their prices are almost unmatched - with shipping included! In the future I believe I would place an order over the phone instead of online to ensure a quicker response. Thank you Welp!

Positive SwampWitch33
(1 review)
On Mar 21, 2017, SwampWitch33 Liberty, ME wrote:

We have been ordering meat birds from Welp Hatcheries for several years now. The first year was a learning curve for us as well as becoming familiar with how the hatchery systems worked. Happily, it was glitch-free and continues to be so. Healthy chicks and a few extras for good measure. A couple successful growing seasons makes ordering a confident and comfortable choice.

Customer service is very helpful with any and all questions. Deliveries have always been prompt.

We will continue to use their services.

Positive MrsChickie
(1 review)
On Jul 13, 2014, MrsChickie Olin, NC wrote:

I have ordered chicks from Welp Hatchery for many years. I have always been extremely happy with the orders I receive from them. All of the chicks are healthy and active and there have only been a few chicks that did not survive the trip in all of these years. The staff at Welp has always been a joy to deal with, and they are quick to remedy any problems that might arise. Shipping chicks is a difficult task and Welp is one of the best in the business. They are my favorite hatchery to order from.

Positive chickkist
(1 review)
On Sep 6, 2013, chickkist Stillwater, OK wrote:

I ordered 26 mixed chicks from Welp Hatchery and I couldn't be more pleased! They arrived all alive plus the few extra. They are very beautiful! They send you one invoice letting you know when the chicks are expected to ship, their website lets you know they should ship and that they should arrive within two days of that date. From the time I received the invoice to the time I received the chicks, I never heard from them, but that was ok with me because I know they are probably busy and the chicks arrived right when they should. I was a little skeptical at first, but they do put on the box, call upon arrival and my phone number. My post office called me at 3am, but that was ok with me! I am overall pleased with the selection, price and quick shipping. They also had many varieties in stock that many other companies did not.

Positive sunbergjo
(1 review)
On Aug 13, 2013, sunbergjo Coburg, IA wrote:

I've ordered Cornish Rocks and I just ordered ass. mixes and a few Bantams for the first time. I've ordered over 200 chicks from Welps in the past and have done great! I'm hoping your breeder birds are as good as your meat poultry.

Positive denglish
(1 review)
On Aug 24, 2012, denglish Derby, KS wrote:

We ordered 30 Cornish x rock chicks from Welp in mid August 2012. They shipped and arrived exactly as scheduled. All were alive and well and they sent two extras. 10 days later they are developing and maturing well with only one death which occurred a few days after arrival. All legs are fine and no cases of pasty-butt. So far I am very please with Welp and will post a revision if this changes.

Positive buttercup_hill
(1 review)
On May 25, 2012, buttercup_hill Valley-Hi, PA wrote:

I ordered 25 chicks from Welp's. Of the 25 I ordered ALL plus the extra one they included arrived healthy and vigorous 48 hrs after they hatched. They shipped on the exact date Welp's said they would, too. Kudos also to our US Postal Service, they did a great job delivering my peeps from Iowa to PA. The postal workers at the post office were impressed with how healthy the birds are. One didn't know you could get a mix of breeds in the 25 minimum order and I caught her checking out the mail label to get the hatchery name. I got exactly what I ordered, 5 Sicilian Buttercups, 5 Brown Leghorns, 5 Golden-laced Wyandottes, 5 Naked-neck Turkens and 5 Buff Orphingtons plus an extra Buff. They are all still thriving after 3 days now. I've never had my own chickens before and I'm very pleased with my experience with Welp's Hatchery!

Positive randbponder
(1 review)
On Mar 2, 2012, randbponder Hornick, IA (Zone 4b) wrote:

I ordered by phone, ordered 25 straight run Cornish Rock broilers. gave all the info and was told the shipping date."The following Wed." On the weekend My daughter told me we needed more than that. so I called back and asked if the order could be increased by another 10 pullets that my daughter wanted. No problem.Not only did they add a couple chicks to the first order they added a couple to the second. so even though a lot of postal sorting stations have closed and the chicks had to travel an extra 200miles and spend an extra day in shipping, I got a 100% live delivery and 4 extra chicks. I even got a call from them several days later asking how the chicks were. Now about 3 and 1/2 weeks later, we haven't lost one chick and they have more than doubled in size and weight. If we loose any now it will most probably be my fault.
I couldn't ask for better service. other than from the postal system

Positive treebird101
(13 reviews)
On Dec 1, 2011, treebird101 Bedford, IA wrote:

Ive ordered my chicks from Welp Hatchery for the past 5 years and have been VERY pleased, also suprized! I have ordered from many other hatcheries and prices are always higher but Welp hatchery is low, their shipping cost is in cost of bird, and I actually "TRUELY" have received show/ breeder quality birds over the years unlike what I've gotten from other more well known hatcheries that CLAIMED to have show quality birds. I don't know where they get their eggs from, but I've gotten chicks from private breeders and even bought fancy adult birds that didn't come close to what Ive received from Welp Hatchery. I highly recommend Welp Hatchery.

Positive julezrn
(1 review)
On Jul 7, 2011, julezrn Walker, LA wrote:

Was in the throes of a bad experience with McMurray and called Welp. They had the chicks available that I wanted, all plus the two extras arrived vigorous, customer was superb and didn't try to fleece me for overpriced shipping. It would have to be dire circumstance to order anywhere else anymore.

Positive snifferhound
(1 review)
On Mar 19, 2011, snifferhound Skull Valley, AZ wrote:

I ordered 25 Welsumer hens and one rooster from Welp, and of all the chicks I have ordered before from other hatcheries these were by far the healthiest and liveliest received. Two additional chicks (1 hen & 1 rooster) were included in the shipment totaling 28 chicks. Even though during time of shipment the weather turned really cold, not one chick died and now two weeks later are still in great shape, feathering up good, and growing fast. I will definitely keep Welp in mind for future orders. I like to add that since I feed organic chick starter (Modesto Milling) I have not had one instance of pasting. On other foods we have had a lot of trouble with pasting in the past. All in all we are very pleased with our order.

Positive dowlaf
(2 reviews)
On Nov 9, 2010, dowlaf Ville Platte, LA wrote:

I ordered 25 Delaware chicks on December 28, 2009, for delivery during the week of March 1st., 2010. I received 27 chicks, on schedule. All 27 chicks were extremely healthy and all survived. They are the healthiest, and the best looking, chickens I have ever bought anywhere. I will definitely use Welp Hatchery again.

Dowell Lafleur
Mamou, LA

Positive gilesdiyer
(1 review)
On Aug 25, 2010, gilesdiyer Pembroke, VA wrote:

We ordered 25 Barred Rocks and 30 Cornish Rock from Welp. They were shipped on Wednesday, May 26, and scheduled to arrive on May 28, the Friday before the Memorial Day weekend. The Barred, 26 of them, arrived on Friday, and were in excellent condition. The Cornish didn't arrive, which caused concern because if not arriving on Saturday, they'd be dead by the next mail delivery on Tuesday. We called Welp Friday afternoon, and they were very helpful and assured us that if Cornish didn't arrive Saturday, they would send out replacements. Thankfully, the Cornish arrived Saturday, but were not as healthy looking as the Barred. Welp shipped 32, and 1 was DOA. Surprisingly, the other 31 survived, and we only lost one more at about 4 weeks of age. The other 30 survived until 8 weeks of age, when they were ready for butcher. We would definitely order from them again. As an unexpected bonus, we had ordered 25 Barred hens, but we got 26 chicks, one of which was a rooster. So, now if we choose to do so, we can raise our own chicks next spring!

Positive madisonfarmboy
(1 review)
On Jul 22, 2010, madisonfarmboy Oneida, NY (Zone 5a) wrote:

Ordered 25 Buff Brahma pullets, 5 Buff Brahma cockerels and 5 marans straight run. Excellent service and was very pleased with the chicks. Friends warned me that "hatchery" marans wouldn't be good, but mine laid VERY dark eggs.
The Brahmas grew into big strong birds. I will order from Welps again.

Positive nuthinbutjoy
(1 review)
On May 3, 2010, nuthinbutjoy Lynden, WA wrote:

We are in the NW corner of Washington, the order was shipped Wednesday and here 7am Friday. Our first order of 125 chicks arrived with 40 of the chicks dead.

I called that same morning and the customer service was great. They were quick to apologize(though obviously not their fault, shipping was rough) and offered a refund or replacement. I chose replacement and 1 week later I received 42 chicks ALL well.

I waited a while to write a review to see how they did and they are doing great. Great quality, no crooked legs, no weak ones and we are very happy and will be back next year.

Positive donnajschmidt
(1 review)
On Feb 14, 2010, donnajschmidt Cullen, VA wrote:

I am getting ready to submit another order to Welp. Last year I purchased 150 Cornish Rock broilers. We received six extra chicks, although one of those had a broken leg. One of the remaining chicks died after a couple of days which still left us ahead by five. The chicks were very healthy and grew up perfectly, as we followed Welp's guidelines to the letter. This year we are purchasing 200 Cornish Rock broilers and some turkeys. I would not go with another company.

Positive tezzalynn
(1 review)
On Jan 17, 2010, tezzalynn Tonasket, WA wrote:

We ordered from this Welp last year. Customer service was fantastic, I called with questions both before and after the chicks/goslings arrived and was given the answers I needed. We got 36 chicks. 1 arrived dead due to whatever in transport and two were never shipped, but we were issued credit for the missing roos. out of the 35, only one turned out to be a rooster. I think that is VERY good. And he is a sweet roo at that! We had a few of the goslings die very quickly after arriving and were issued credit for those as well. I was happy with Welp.

Positive TammyNRuss
(1 review)
On Jul 15, 2009, TammyNRuss Grassflat, PA wrote:

I ordered from welp hatchery in July 2009. All my chicks.....10 buff orpington pullets, 5 red sexlinks pullets, 5 black sexlink pullets and 5 giant blue cochins 4 pullets and one rooster.......they all arrived very healthy and peppy! they arrived within two days of sending them. I ordered the grogel and welp sent that early so I would have it when they arrived. They sent one extra black pullet, one red pullet and two blue cochin roosters. They are one week old and wow are they growing. They are all fat and healthy and we would order from this hatchery anytime. I look forward to buying more cochins from them. They have become my favorites very quickly. We love that the shipping is included in the price! We looked at all the hatcheries before ordering and decided on welp because they had a better selection of what we wanted. We found the website very easy to understand and they had a great deal of information which is great. We reccommend this hatchery highly!

Positive patjrock
(1 review)
On Jun 14, 2009, patjrock Amherst, WI wrote:

After much research, we decided to place an order with Welps back in February. It was for 25 Buff Orpingtons, 25 assorted brahmas, 15 Wyandottes, and 10 of the Easter egg chicks. We selected a late May delivery. We lost only one to shipping (flattened but there was one extra in that group). Since then we have had no issues at all and our chicks are growing at a phenomenal rate! This is our first try at raising chickens and not to have had any issues with the birds has been great. We received exactly what we ordered, and the birds are dong quite well.

Positive scottyb1969
(1 review)
On May 7, 2009, scottyb1969 Cleveland, GA wrote:

i have bought from several hatcheries as well as local feed suppliers, welp will be my hatchery from now on, chicks all arrived as promiced, exact count, breed, and sex. are the healthiest birds i ever had. could not be more happy, proud parent of welp hatched welsummers, dominiques, delawares, and of course marans. thank you welp!!!

Positive robbdogr
(8 reviews)
On Feb 26, 2009, robbdogr Long Beach, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

We got a shipment of pullets (female chicks only) with Welp Hatchery this February. The customer service was excellent. This was the first time we had ordered straight from a hatchery. It was for a group of 8 folks, and there were lots of questions since some of the folks in the group were new to chickens. Welp quickly answered our emails and phone calls. The chicks are all alive and healthy. We ordered 7 varieties, totaling 45 chicks. They sent 2 extra Red Sexlinked and 3 extra Barred Rocks, just in case. They marked a few of the breeds so we could tell them apart. We did request the marking, so there was a $0.25 fee per chick. The breeds we ordered were Speckled Sussex, Barred Rock, Buff Orpington, Black Australorp, Red Sexlinked (Red Star?), Ameraucanas (Easter Eggers) and Salmon Faverolle. We are very happy with the service and chicks at Welp Hatchery.

Positive pardygwyn
(3 reviews)
On Oct 4, 2008, pardygwyn Port Angeles, WA wrote:

Ordered from Welp for the first time in February. I ordered 25 pullets (15 Black Australorps, 10 Ameraucanas), got four extra Ameraucana chicks, lost one of the extras that was weak on arrival. No pasties or anything like that except for the one weak chick. Two of the Australorps were roosters, all are incredibly healthy, and the pullets are all laying like mad despite the waning of the sunny part of the year. I'm very pleased!

Positive Juleslabs
(1 review)
On Apr 21, 2008, Juleslabs Niagara, WI wrote:

We ordered 25 cockerels (Cornish Rock X) for butchering and 24 female and 2 males of a brown egg laying variety. We didn't know what type of chickens we were getting. We ended up with Plymouth Barred Rocks and they are egg laying machines!!! Beautiful birds and nice large eggs. The chicks all arrived healthy and happy. This was our first experience with chicks and it was awesome!!!! Our meat chickens did better than we expected and they were wonderful. My brother has raised chickens all of his life and said that he has never seen such large chickens (we let them grow to 10 weeks instead of 8, so they dressed out at about 6-7 lbs. each), that were as tender and juicy as these were. They were fantastic! We will definitely be ordering more of those from Welp this spring. We did just what they had said about taking their food out for 12 hours etc., and never had any "flip" problems that you can sometime run into with the fast growing meat birds. The people at Welp are very knowlegeable about the chickens and very friendly and easy to deal with!!!!

Positive ladyegg
(1 review)
On Mar 19, 2008, ladyegg Seward, NE wrote:

We have ordered chickens from Welp twice now.
We haev not yet received our second round of birds but our first experience was very good.
All the babies were alive and healthy.
I have recommended this company to others and I hope that they will order from them.
I also like the idea that shipping and handling is included in the price and does not have to be figured seperately.I would like to see a little bigger selection of birds and I would also like to see them offer the colored bands for the birds for easy identification (like for male from female).
I am glad I found your company!

Positive ncgnance
(1 review)
On Feb 28, 2008, ncgnance Cleveland, NC wrote:

I got all the chicks I ordered. They were all alive and healthy. I had a problem with my post office, but got all that ironed out and everything went smoothly as far as picking up the chicks. I am very satisfied with the whole transaction. The people at Welp were very courteous and helpful.This was my first time ordering chicks and I was a little nervous, but I will not hestitate to order again.

Positive BeautifulBrahma
(1 review)
On Dec 5, 2007, BeautifulBrahma Lennox, SD wrote:

I picked up some chicks from our local farm store in April of '07. I took the last bunch they had; 13 of them. This was my very first experience with chicks, and with 3 little boys "helping" I thought for sure I would lose a few. All 13 of the little guys made it, and some grew into absolutely beautiful Buff Brahmas.

I had noticed the little "poster" for Welp's Hatchery when we bought our chicks, and fell soo in love with raising these guys, and just watching my chickens grazing in the yard, that I did an online search, requested a catalog, and even emailed a question. They responded to my emails quickly, sent out the catalog, and I ended up ordering 40 more chicks, of different breeds.

My chicks arrived quickly (can't remember the exact time frame, just that I wasn't worried-so must have been 2 days..) my post office called, and we headed out to pick them up. I couldn't wait to open the box and peek inside. Not a dead chick to be found. I only lost one in the next few days, and the only reason that happened was I think he got "smothered" It was one of my tiny chicks (I ordered golden spangled Hamburgs, and they were the smallest breed I ordered) along with Light Brahmas, Ameracaunas and White Rocks.

My experience was absolutely positive with Welp's Hatchery, and I would reccomend them again, in a heartbeat. I'm preparing my order now, for the coming spring, and would like to try another hatchery, but now I'm wondering if I should stick with what I know :)

Thumbs up all the way, for these guys!

Dawn Hackrott

Positive derwydn
(1 review)
On Nov 10, 2007, derwydn Honea Path, SC wrote:

I ordered 100 chicks from Welp Hatchery. They were hatched off on July 29, 2007 and arrived at my Post Office on August 3rd.
I ordered 100 and received 103. They arrived during an extended heat wave with temperatures of over 100 degrees everyday for several weeks. I kept them on the back porch with a fan running at each end of the brooder and they thrived. As of today, November 9, 2007, all 103 are healthy and growing like crazy.
Of the 100 chicks I ordered (70 hens and 30 straight run, 5 different breeds) I was amazed and pleased to find that only 10 were roosters!
I will definitely order again. Also, having shipping included in the price of the chicks is very, very helpful, eliminating all of the figuring.

Positive ccobanshee
(6 reviews)
On Jun 14, 2007, ccobanshee Northome, MN wrote:

I order my chicks exclusively from Welp's, and have had positive experiences with them every time. When I order meat birds straight run, I get a pretty even mix of sexes, not predominantly females like some other hatcheries. My last batch was for 50 birds. I received 54 and raised them all on pasture without a loss. The chicks were remarkably vigorous and grew impressively! I've also ordered mixed batches of laying pullets and have been pleased with their quality. Customer service is excellent--prompt, friendly, and helpful. I really appreciate the charge per chick includes shipping, so I know what I'm really spending on the order from the onset. You need to do your homework on raising poultry before ordering from a hatchery if you want to be successful. When you are ready to order, I highly recommend Welp Hatchery to give you a great start!

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