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|On Mar 6, 2018, rosepetal2 Danvers, MA wrote:
I wanted to report my experience with Meyer Hatchery 2/2018. I ordered 10 Marans and 5 Buff Orpingtons. The chicks were shipped and received within 24 hours picked up at USPS 10:00 a.m. The outside temps were mid 60's no winds to speak of. Opening the box at home I noticed the 2 white Maran females and the 2 Blue Copper Maran females and 2 Blue Copper Maran females were VERY TINY. The Orpingtons seemed small but I had never experienced that breed. Chicks were placed in NEW brooder with 97* readings on heat lamp, puppy pads on brooder floor, Medicated starter and supplements. I ordered GroGel, probiotics/electrolytes/vitamin packs and prepared Grogel immediately presenting to the chicks - prepared water with filtered spring water room temp with feeder filled with medicated crumble. One of the white Marans was listless and would not take Grogel, water or food. That bird died by end of day. The next morning the other white Marans died. I notified Meyer, they refunded the $23 for the birds. I told them my concerns with the frail/listless condition of the 4 Blue Copper Marans. Over the course of the first week, 2 white Marans, 4 Blue Copper Marans and 1 Golden Cucko Marans femal and all five Orpington were dead. Folks that 11 chicks out of 15 dead within the first week. After the first two losses, I mixed up an ACV in second water in the brooder. Those birds failed to thrive while one Black Copper Marans male, one Golden Cuckoo Marans and one meal maker (?) have survived. Clearly Meyer mailed chicks infected with coccidiosis. I cancelled other orders with two other sources because I didn't want to loose those chicks. I wrote to Meyer expressing all this. Their response is they don't refund chicks older than 48 hrs, directed me to a book that covered coccidiosis and basically told me to pound sand. This is clearly the wrong customer service response. I plan to challenge the $197 credit card charge and will post this on all forums. Order from Meyer at your own risk. They completely failed to step up to a problem that rests solely on their hands
|On Jul 5, 2017, Westwood Florence, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:
Meyers Hatchery 16 ordered 15 arrived 1 doa and then another with in an hr The first was trampled 1 month later I find they are all roosters , WOW Meyers cant sex must be the transgender Confusion , Males have Peckers females dont . So pissed im tempted to wright to BBB and let them know how they are screwing people ! VENT check or even color check these are sexlink chicks YOU can look and see what they are No excuse and meyers says OH well you cant prove they came from us . UM No but i can Use my radio station loud and clear to discuss their Customer service
|On Apr 5, 2016, Cinderpup Middleboro, MA wrote:
All dead chicks. If I could add the picture I would. I ordered 3 lavender orpington chicks ( female) months ago, my first mail ordered experience. Things seemed fine, I was told my chicks would be delivered in April. Yesterday got an email that my birds had shipped. Great,now I'm excited, I've wanted this particular variety awhile, they were $20 each but worth it to me. Post office called today, I went immediately to pick them up, got in my car, opened my much anticipated box. Three cold, dead chicks. I stormed back in the post office to show them, the woman informed me they had called me right away, in fact the driver was standing right there and both were horrified by my box of very dead chicks. Just want my money back now. Never buying sight unseen again.
|On Oct 19, 2015, dsylvestre wrote:
Very bad at sexing chicks. I ordered 2 black copper marans females and one male. All three turned out to be male. They'll refund the price difference if you ask, but that hardly compensates for the 4 months I've spent raising them.
|On Jan 19, 2015, alizzz Tenino, WA wrote:
i ordered from them before. one order good.next related to hot weather and post office issues very bad. so i started with looking into other hatcheries. i wanted some rare breeds. other hatcheries did not take an order before christmas. so meyers took it. i was glad to be in line for my rare breeds. even so the arrival date was scheduled for april. the weather should be good for shipping than. march would have been a better date for me.a friend with whom i ordered did wanna stock up because she lost her hens to a predator. so i called and worked with the friendly customer service out what i can extend without losing my anyway late shipping date.i made payment arrangements too. all is well until than. we got another phone call to give us a voucher because i waited one hour on the phone for customer service. two lousy bucks. my wife felt insulted better nothing at all and we declined. a view weeks later another another call and they offered 20$. which we accepted and felt appreciated. we tried to attach this to the outstanding delivery. no problem. than the customer service informed us our shipment was canceled. for meyers there were no other solution than to start a new order. and go back in line. this year i changed to a different hatchery. see how this goes. if meyer would have made the same effort to work on my order as to dangel vouchers in front of me to rail me in for the next purchase all would be well. its all about money and they take enough for their birds.
|On May 16, 2014, winteree Grand Prairie, TX wrote:
so here is what happened i ordered 6 hatching egg's from Meyers because i don't like the idea of shipping live animals through the mail and because it was way cheaper then buying live chicks. And it was all i could afford at the time it was also my last ditch effort after 6 months of trying to get chickens.
On May 16, 2014, Meyer Hatchery responded with:
"On May 21, 2014 3:10 PM, Meyer Hatchery responded with:
Unfortunately, there are too many variables involved in a successful hatch, that we do not guarantee hatching eggs. Our policy states:
|On Jan 24, 2014, Amanda907 wrote:
I placed an order on 12/12/13 for 26 birds including 6 bantams with a ship date of 1/27/14. I several phone calls at 5:30am on 1/24/14. I finally answered the phone, and as soon as Ursula announced who she was and where she was calling from I asked her if she knew it was 5:30am. She seemed unconcerned and told me she wasn't used to the time difference (I am in Alaska) and just kept talking. I feel that as a manager looking at my order she should have been able to note the location of my address. They are in the business of shipping birds all over the US right?
|On Aug 24, 2013, grantfarm Tellico Plains, TN wrote:
I ordered a batch of chicks from Meyers that arrived in the 14th of august. Within 2hrs. of getting them home the chicks started showing signs of illness. I made sure they were not in a draft, the heat was correct, they had plenty of water, etc. I also used vital-pack plus water additive and gro-gel plus for their food. Nothing has worked and now all are either dead or dying. If your thinking I can't handle mail order chicks this is the 6th time I've ordered chicks and have always had good results. UNTIL NOW. Meyers Hatchery has completely let this farmer down. There isn't any reason in the middle of august for chicks to have this kind of trouble. The worst situation I have experienced is when I ordered chicks very early in the year. I will not be ordering from Meyers again.
|On Jun 13, 2013, patricks1 Bath, PA wrote:
Ordered 5 baby chicks and had expedited delivery. 2 arrived dead and the 3rd died a day later. The response from the company was call on Friday to give the final number dead and we can send more. I know to a hatchery this may be normal but not to me or my family. I understand the risk of shipping live baby animals but to have heartless, disrespectful individuals ask you to wait till they all may die... is disgusting. Will never use them again
|On Jun 12, 2013, kanakukkula wrote:
Today we received 9 Indian Runner ducklings from Meyer Hatchery, Ohio. We're in PA, so we figured it would be safe to order from an adjacent state, given post office problems of late. 8 of the 9 were dead, some for some time. Only one remains, and seems o.k. One month ago, we received a shipment from Meyers, for 5 Rhode Island Reds, 5 Barred Rocks, and 5 Columbian Wyandotte chicks. 3 arrived dead, and 2 more succumbed despite dropper feedings with electrolyte water. We are not novices to raising chicks and ducks, and lost at the most 1 per shipment before. It's not so much the money; it's the suffering of these little ones, which were to be basically pets. We won't be doing business with Meyers any more, needless to say. No refunds can compensate for what those poor birds endured. Our advice is to pick up at the hatchery. We believe the fault lies with both the post office and Meyers. KanaKukkula, PA
|On May 28, 2013, AandDinIndy Indianapolis, IN wrote:
Spring 2012 I ordered a rainbow pullet pack. Spring 2013 I have 22 hens that lay brown eggs. I tried to order another rainbow assortment and asked them to tell me what chicks they are sending me so I know I'm getting what I paid for. Basically they said we don't care if you're not happy about what you already got and no we aren't going to verify that what we send you is what you paid for. They cancelled my order and don't seem the lease bit concerned that I'm unhappy. Fine, I'll take my business elsewhere and be sure to let other potential customers know about how I was treated.
|On May 8, 2013, Gypsy1964 Brunswick, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
I ordered 3 started pullets in January 2013 (1 easter egger, 1 golden buff, 1 black australorp) . I live in Medina County Ohio about 40 miles away and drove to pick up the hens on April 27. I had them about 1 week and the golden buff started sneezing and shaking her head. About 2 days later the other 2 started doing the same thing. They all have a terrible "odor". Not anything I've smelled before. I called Meyer and talked with a customer service person. I asked her if anyone else had called with these symptoms and was told no. I asked her what she thought was wrong and she said its just a respiratory cold because the weather has been cold. Not true. Its been in the mid 70's around here. Perfect weather. She didn't seem to know anything about chickens and was on the "My Pet Chicken" website trying to answer my questions. Never once asked me if I wanted a refund. I'm thinking they have CRD (or Corzya, even worse) and went to TSC to get Duramycin-10. It's been 2 days and none of them are better yet. It's looking like I will have to "do away" with the 3 because CRD is easily spread and I don't want my flock exposed to this. It's treatable but is often reoccurring and the 3 will always be carriers. I'm glad I have not formally introduced the sick ones to my flock yet, but time will tell if my chickens will get sick from the 3 new ones. I will never purchase chickens of any age from Meyer Hatchery. Just be warned!
|On Aug 27, 2012, tamra1223 Carnesville, GA wrote:
My first experience with my was with my first order I ordered 39 chicks and only got 37 not only did I receive 37 chicks I also received someone else's box of 50 now my chicks were supposed to have been vaccinated against Marek's but I am for sure that the 50 were not I called Meyer and they sent me the chick that we could not identify as our own not only that we sent them pictures of all the chicks, now you would think that someone that is in the business of hatching chicks could identify them...guess again...the next box I received 3 dead sultans and 3 dead lakenvelders now Meyer has closed my account...which is probably a good thing...Back to the 50 misc. box it had what looked to be like 6 Welsummers in it 3m and 3f now here it is 2 mos. later and I have a female Welsummer acting like it has Marek's I have segregated her from the rest of my flock but Doc says its to late they have already been exposed, that means all my chicks I have hatched or bought from a private dealer have been exposed too....WILL NEVER RECOMMEND BUYING FROM MEYER...WONDER IF THEY WILL PAY TO REPLACE MY FLOCK IF THEY ALL DIE...NOT
|On Apr 12, 2012, LaysEggs Blue Ridge, VA wrote:
My original order was for 27 chicks including their "meal maker" offer. The first chick death was likely caused by poor handling by the USPS, arriving to me dead in the Meyer container. Their customer service was good even offering to let me wait the full 48 hours of their guarantee period to report any other deaths/problems. By the end of that period I had lost another and a credit was added to my account.
|On Nov 19, 2011, fabric Jonesboro, AR wrote:
Posted on November 13, 2011, updated November 19, 2011
On November 19th, 2011, fabric added the following:
out of the six chicks we had left, only one has survived.
we had to put a stuffed animal & a mirror in with the chick so it would not be lonely. we wait to see if this one will live.
we have never had such horrible experience with a hatchery chicks before. again they will never get our business again.
|On May 27, 2011, Ladypilot48 Champion, MI wrote:
Posted on May 26, 2011, updated May 27, 2011
On May 27th, 2011, Ladypilot48 added the following:
Hello again everyone.
I wanted to give you all an update since yesterday's post.
After sending Meyer Hatchery an email regarding my 4 baby chicks I ordered..( my fatalities , lack of " extra chicks " I was supposed to get, and NOW, them sending me the WRONG species regarding the COCHIN, and the sex of my last SALMON FAVORELLE ), below is the " conversation " I had with their " customer service"..
On Thu, 26 May 2011 05:18:50 -0400, Dd Claud
> AS you have noted, I Did lose a Favorelle and 1 of 2 what were
> supposed to be female PARTRIDGE COCHINS
> Being new to chickening, I've been waiting , Since my order received
> , for my last " FEMALE PARTRIDGE COCHIN" to Sprout leg feathers!
> Well , here we are , 3 weeks later, and NO leg feathers!
> Besides that , I believe it is a ROOSTER!
> I've Had several professional breeders look at her/him , and it's
> believed I might have a Partridge Rock instead !
> He/she is an Extremely sweet chicken( they are pets ), however , but
> now I have 2 roosters now.
> I would appreciate ANOTHER refund for the Wrong species AND sex.
> I Will be calling too, to make sure this is done
> Deirdre Claud
Our policy on roosters is: you can report those at 10-18 weeks of age. That is when you would know for sure if you got a rooster. So please let us know.
As far as the cochin, I am not sure when they develop their leg feathers. Would it be possible to send us a picture? Cochins are rather large birds, so it may take them longer.
I cannot issue a credit "for the wrong species" until we see a picture. And again, as far as the sex, we do have to wait til 10-18 weeks.
Thank you for choosing Meyer Hatchery.
Wait a moment...
Now, we have to " wait 10-18 weeks " to see if THEY sent me the sex I ordered ??
Where is THAT statement in their brochure?
And if that is the case,
WHY would they have OPTIONS to order MALE, FEMALE or STRAIGHT RUN , instead of offering ONLY STRAIGHT RUN ONLY for the species I wanted??
As far as their customer service person unsure " when COCHINS " start to get their " leg feathers ", WHY doesnt she know, is she Not a representative of their company?
Ive sent pics of my " COCHIN" to 5 breeders who ALL say that Cochins have leg feathering " at hatch".
1 MAIN thing I did learn about ordering from hatcheries, that Veteran buyers have mentioned several times, is DO YOUR RESEARCH..( which i did ), also, be somewhat leary of hatcheries that DO NOT show actual pictures of their chickens, but only Drawings.
I have done extensive research on chickensforbackyards.com, and have an order being sent out June 6.
I chose them because they not only take small orders, BUT, they offer videos of their chicks, AND actual owners of the chicks bought from them.
just wanted to be fair and post Their response for Potential buyers at Meyer Hatchery, so they can make a somewhat, educated decision.
My final statistics:
out of 4 babies ordered...
1 Salmon Favorelle Rooster
1 SF hen
2 Partridge Cochin Hens
All 4 had Pasty Butt noticed at the Post Office where I opened the box, BUT was immediately dealt with every few hours once I got them home,
1 had Spraddle Leg and Never Opened his/her eyes and despite placing Hobbles on the legs, and Trying to get the baby to eat,
she/he passed away the next day,
The next day ALSO had a Sudden death of a Cochin hen, despite dealing with her Pasty Butt,
Now, I learn that not only is the hatchery unsure if they sent me a rooster and hen, SF,
but my 2 " Cochins ", ARE NOT Cochins afterall...
Im not sure what my remaining one is, however, she is super sweet and a "lap chicken" tho..
Take care all..
|On Jul 28, 2010, yogalise Bellingham,
United States wrote:
My first experience was early spring, 2010. I called re. an advertised special, and they denied the order- and not too friendly about doing so- said I was past the deadline, by my clock I still had another day.
|On Jun 8, 2010, cprokop Austinburg, OH wrote:
Ordered chickens back in April. Policy states that all orders ship with up to 4% more polutry...BUT THATS ONLY IF THEY HAVE THEM IN STOCK! Ordered Turkeys in June. Order was to ship on June 7 and receive them the next day...called June 8 order shipped on that day. Turkey's will arrive anywhere from June 9 - 11! How do they expect newbornes to surrive THAT LONG????? Meyer hatchery WILL NOT CANCEL ORDER! Company DOES NOT CARE ABOUT CUSTOMERS OR LIVESTOCK! ALL THEY WANT IS YOUR MONEY! POLICYS CHANGE DAILY AND THEY DO NOT TELL THE TRUTH WHEN YOU PLACE YOUR ORDER. YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE YOUR ORDER ON TIME!!!
|On May 26, 2010, DawnSterling Concord, NH wrote:
I ordered 25 chicks from Meyers. Upon arrival 5 were dead and then another 6 died within 48hr. I called and told them they had too much room in the box and that it only had 1/2 of the holes punched out - they suffocated and were trampled. They sent out a replacement shipment which I received this morning. Out of the 11 shipped, only 3 were alive and one does not look like it is going to make it. I called and talked with Cindy. I asked to speak to a supervisor (this is almost 9am) and she said there were none there. She said that she was told she could handle it. I asked for an owner's name and extension. She gave me Ben. He is not an owner. He is a line supervisor. This replacement shipment had only 2 holes punched out on one side and 5 holes on top. The chicks suffocated. It was over 90 degrees yesterday and approaching that today.
|On May 11, 2010, Riverabarnes Scranton, PA wrote:
Do not do business with this company. They do not care about the customer, they are simply greedy individuals.
|On Mar 24, 2009, SerenaBeth Valles Mines, MO wrote:
This was my second year ordering from Meyer Hatchery. In 2008 I ordered about 25 chicks. I had quite a few dead on arrival and I went through the process of getting replacements sent out. The process was over all time consuming and by the end of last year ALL the chicks I had ordered had died, including the replacements. We had during that time also purchased a number of chicks by a variety of means and from a number of different locations. I try never to judge based on one experience, BUT.... forgetting that all of last years stock died, I was once again lured in by the catalog that was sent to me and the prices listed for the different breeds. I made an order of 33 chicks the second week of February. The first available ship date was expected to be on March 16th. I also noticed that my Visa was charged that very same day and not on the 16th of March as I had been told on the phone.
|On Jul 7, 2008, greenhouse_gal Southern NJ,
United States (Zone 7a) wrote:
We had always gotten our poultry from Murray McMurray in the past and been very satisfied, but this time we wanted only a few Toulouse geese rather than the minimum order of 10 that MMcM requires. Meyer had gotten good reviews as well as offering poultry in limited quantities. So we ordered eight Toulouse geese from them.
|On Apr 16, 2008, TheQuailRanch Concord, NC wrote:
I ordered 2 different breeds of chicks (26 total) on 3/25. I was told my Visa would be charged on the day of shipment, about a month later. On 4,14, the day they were to ship, I was informed that 1 of the breeds was going to be short 6 females (of the11 ordered). Customer service stated that they would have that particular breed available the next week. She then said if I wanted the 6 missing females shipped the next week, I would have to pay an additional 32.50 in shipping charges. I told her no way, and to just credit my Visa for the missing chicks and send the others. Approximately 30 minutes later after having time to apply a logical solution to the problem, I called Meyer Customer service to ask them to just hold my order until they could fill it correctly, even if it would take another month. You guessed it, no humans were available, had to leave a message. After waiting 2 hours, I called again. This time I pushed all the necessary buttons to get to a human. I explained the situation to Customer Service. She said that there should be no additional charges for shipping the extra chicks, since they were not able to fill my order. After checking on the order, she said holding my order until they were "all" available was not an option since my shorted order had already shipped. She then transfered me to another department, so that I could ask them to please send me the additional 6 female chick order, and recharge my Visa for the 6 females. You guessed it, had to leave another voice mail. After waiting another 2 hours, I called Meyer Customer Service again and explained the complete saga to yet another Customer Service person. She in turn placed me on hold while she consulted a manager. When she returned, she began by appoligizing for the information the manager had ask her to relay. According to her, the Manager said they would not ship the missing females without me paying additional shipping, as no chicks leave without shipping charges. If however I would place the order for the missing chicks, and pay the additional shipping, Meyer would give me free shipping on my next order. I explained to Customer Service that after having this experience, there would be no next order.