My Pet Chicken, a Review

  • Customer Service & Shipment of Baby Chicks
  • How My Pet Chicken Handled a Problem Shipment

My Pet Chicken is one, if not the only one who ships sexed Silkie Bantams and Millie Fleurs. They also are a hatchery that ships only a few birds, they definitely deserve points for that. My Pet Chicken is high on my list of choices for Ornamental chicks, and I’ve never had a problem with a baby chick shipment, until now.

My order of six chicks arrived yesterday, nicely packed with plenty of a straw- like bedding in a nice sturdy box with ample ventilation. They were shipped on Monday and they arrived Tuesday at 2pm, exactly what I expected.

Unfortunately they were not handled with care either by the airlines or USPS, one Silkie was dead, one Silkie and a Mille Fleur had broken legs. I was devastated. I’ve mail ordered chicks many times over the last fifteen years with at least a 95% success rate. I definitely wasn’t expecting to have any problems of this magnitude.

Unfortunately, I had to cull the injured chicks, and I must say, even though I’ve had my share of unpleasant tasks over the years having chickens… it was still traumatizing. It’s done, I’m over it, and focusing on my three healthy fuzzy butt chicks.

How Did My Pet Chicken Handle the Situation?

I called My Pet Chicken informing them of the poor arrival of my chicks. I didn’t know what I was expecting… after all, it wasn’t their fault this happened. Nevertheless, maybe I just needed to vent. So glad I called, customer service was beyond nice, genuinely compassionate, and to my surprise, offered to send me replacement chicks or a refund for the 3 chicks lost. If that’s not customer satisfaction I don’t know what is. My Pet Chicken gets an A+ from me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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How to Buy Healthy Chicks from a Feed Store

Be an Informed Buyer, Ask Questions, Recognize Signs of Poor Health

It’s Spring and you might have buying baby chicks on your mind. This is when the feed stores have all those cute fuzzy butts available, and they certainly are hard to resist. Nothing wrong being an impulse buyer in my book, but at least be an informed one!
There are things to look for, and of course, you want to bring home healthy chicks. Once you leave the store, there’s no turning back, whatever chick problems you have, you’re stuck with, sorry, no returns.

Ask Questions

It’s good practice to ask the store manager when they received the chicks. Most likely the chicks were in transport before their arrival. During that time, chicks can become dehydrated, stressed, kept too cold or hot, all of which compromise a chick’s survival. Most chicks in poor health will die within the first two days of their life. You’ll want to avoid buying chicks until they’ve settled in at least 3-4 days after transport.
Marekโ€™s disease is extremely contagious among chickens and usually fatal, so always make sure the chicks you buy were vaccinated at the hatchery.

Choosing Healthy Chicks

You’ll want to see active chicks, some resting, others eating & drinking, and some under a heat source. This is normal behavior. Avoid chicks that are all huddled together, or lethargic.
Eyes should be clear, and you don’t want to see any signs of fecal impaction, better know as pasty butts, Learn More.
The beak, top and bottom should be even, an over bite, or cross-over may interfere with proper eating.
Legs, should appear sturdy and straight.
Chicks will be fuzzy all over, avoid those with sparse or missing fluff.

Prepare

Have your brooder in place and ready to go before you bring home your baby chicks, it’s important to make their once again transition easy as possible. The brooder box should be the right temperature with bedding, a heat source, food/water in place.

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Chicken Anatomy, External, Internal, and Skeletal
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Chicken Combs and Wattles
Chicken Egg Color Chart
Chicken Feather Variations & Markings
Chicken Feeding Chart
Development of a Chick
Checklist for Chicken Coop

๐Ÿ™‚ Raising Baby Chicks | TBN Ranch

Preparing for, and managing baby chicks.
Everything you need to know, step by step.

Raising Baby Chicks
๐Ÿ™‚ How to Buy Chicks from a Feed Store|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Brooder to Coop, When? | TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ How to Care for your Mail Order Chicks|TBNRanch
Raising Chicks|Micro Farm Life Micro Farm Life
Solutions for Spraddle Leg Fresh Eggs Daily | Poultry Help.com
Chapter 4: Caring for baby chicks My Pet Chicken
๐Ÿ™‚ About the Brinsea EcoGlow Brooder|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Controlling Temperature in the Brooder|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Choosing a Radiant Heat Chick Brooder| TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Introducing Hatch-a-longs to the flock | TBN Ranch

๐Ÿ™‚ Fecal Impaction / AKA Pasting-Up | TBN Ranch

Young chicks commonly suffer from fecal impaction, and if left untreated they will die. The warning signs are listlessness, stumbling, and sometimes a swollen abdomen. Most likely your ailing chick has a dirty bum with caked on fecal matter hindering the ability to poop. What to Do

Managing the Flock
Coop Building Plans
๐Ÿ™‚ Backyard Chickens, Know What you’re Getting into | TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Can Chickens Fly? | TBN Ranch
Chicken Keeping in Winter City Girl Farming
๐Ÿ™‚ Chicken TERMINOLOGY|TBN Ranch
City Chickens, Getting Started wikiHow
Chicken Care The Chicken Chickยฎ
๐Ÿ™‚ Intervention and Management of Problematic Pecking | TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ How Long Does a Chicken Live?|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ How Much Space Chickens Need | TBN Ranch
Understanding the Molting Process Murray McMurray
๐Ÿ™‚ All About Molting|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Introducing New Chickens|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Keeping Chickens Cool|TBN Ranch ๐Ÿ™‚ MORE
๐Ÿ™‚ Pecking Order | TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ The Chicken’s Senses|TBN Ranch

๐Ÿ™‚ Articles for Chicken Keepers, by Chicken Keepers

Hundreds of collected articles from across the web.
Content contributors sharing their experience and expertise.

Broodies & Incubation
๐Ÿ™‚ Keeping Hens with Eggs or Chicks safe Among the Flock| TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ BREAKING THE BROODY HEN | TBN Ranch
Broody Hens vs Incubators Pros & Cons Backyard Chickens
How to Incubate & Hatch Eggs Backyard Chickens
My Pet Chicken Guide to Incubation & Hatching My Pet Chicken
Caring for Broody Hens The Chicken Chick
How to Choose the Perfect Incubator The Happy Chicken Coop
Beginner’s Guide to Incubation Backyard Chickens
๐Ÿ™‚ Why a Hen Leaves the Nest After Laying an Egg | TBN Ranch
When is it Safe to Open the Incubator? Cluckin mad about chickens
Solving Incubation Issues When Hatching Eggs Hobby Farms

๐Ÿ™‚ Over 500 Coops to Ponder Over

Which coop is right for you and your flock? Traditional, unique, DYI, or maybe you’re looking for an elaborate set-up? View Now

Feeding Chickens
๐Ÿ™‚ Choosing a Feeder, View the Many Choices | TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Feeding Chickens Rolled Oats | TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Feeding Hemp Seed | TBN Ranch
Fresh Food List for Chickens Backyard Chickens
๐Ÿ™‚ Toxic Food List for Chickens | TBN Ranch
Feeding & Watering Chickens Willow Creek Farm
Feeding Chickens at Different Ages The Chicken Chickยฎ
How Do Chickens Digest Food? Backyard Poultry
Natural Supplements for Chickens Home & Garden Guides
Gardening with Chickens, Plants to Avoid the good life ain’t easy
๐Ÿ™‚Understanding Chick Starter & Grower Feed | TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ About Grit and Chicks & Chickens | TBN Ranch

๐Ÿ™‚ Breed Profiles & Characteristics

Building a flock? There are many beautiful chicken breeds to choose from, each having something special to offer. The breeds we chose in this article are primarily birds we are familiar with.
Details are specifically about temperament, egg size, egg color, egg production, primary use, and weight.

Ancestry
Chickens, History and Ancestry Phillip Clauer
A History of Chickens: Then (1900) Vs Now (2016) The Happy Chicken Coop

๐Ÿ™‚ Managing the Brooder Temperature | TBN Ranch

The brooder is where your chicks will live until they are fully feathered. This article will help you keep them comfortable by understanding their behavior while using a traditional heat lamp or today’s radiant heat alternative. Read Article

Managing Eggs
๐Ÿ™‚ Brittle Eggs | TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Cleaning Farm Eggs | TBN Ranch
Incubate & Hatch Eggs Backyard Chickens
๐Ÿ™‚ Why Homegrown Eggs Are Better | TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Why Your Hens Aren’t Laying Eggs, Solution | TBN Ranch

๐Ÿ™‚ Understanding the Pecking Order

It is often the stronger or larger birds that rank highest in the social order. This article will help you learn how to minimize the drama when the bullying becomes excessive.

๐Ÿ™‚ When to Expect the First Egg | TBN Ranch

If you buy your birds as chicks, you can expect to feed and care for them for 22 to 24 weeks before they reach their point of lay. However, this depends on the breed, time of year, and the level of care they have received. Learn in detail how to determine the point of lay HERE.


๐Ÿ™‚ Breaking the Broody Hen|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Identifying Chicken Predators AFTER They Attack|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Getting Chickens to Roost in the Right Place|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Clipping Chicken Nails | TBN Ranch
Winterizing the Chicken House ART & BRI
5 Different Types of Coop Heaters The Happy Chicken Coop
Top 10 Tips for Keeping Chickens in Winter The Spruce, Lauren Arcuri
How to Keep your Chickens Safe from Possums The Happy Chicken Coop
Pros & Cons of Keeping a Rooster Rural Living
Ultimate Chicken Coop Guide Mile Four

๐Ÿ™‚ Drinkers/Waterers

So many to choose from, but which one best fits your flock’s needs? Auto-fill, nipple, standard fill, or DIY, view them all in one convenient place HERE.

๐Ÿ™‚ Keeping Chickens in Extreme Heat | TBN Ranch

 Is your chicken yard and coop suitable to sustain the well-being of your flock in the summer? Itโ€™s essential to prepare for extreme heat, or your birds may suffer from heat exhaustion… Read More

How to Humanely Euthanize a Chicken The Chicken Chick
Guide to Chicken Keeping in Extreme Cold Scoop from the Coop
๐Ÿ™‚ The Best Way to Catch a Chicken|TBN Ranch
Chicken Coop Ramps, The Ultimate Guide The Featherbrain
๐Ÿ™‚ Chicken Roost Types & Ideas|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Raising Chickens, Pros & Cons|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Winter Chicken Keeping in Phoenix | TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Keeping Chickens Safe From Fox|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Salmonella Safety Practices for Chicken Keepers|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Less Waste, No Mess Chicken Feeders|TBN Ranch

๐Ÿ™‚ Hatcheries & Retailers

A list of our favorite hatcheries & retailers. We have purchased chicks from all these hatcheries and have always been satisfied. Online retailers are also included, especially useful for those hard to find items. Visit Now

Poultry Health & Medical
๐Ÿ™‚ About Worming Chickens|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Dosages of the Good Stuff… For Chicken with Parasites|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Backyard Biosecurity|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Loss of Baby Chicks|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Salmonella|TBN Ranch
How to Treat Bumblefoot Hobby Farms
Diseases: 5 Common Flock Problems & How to Treat Them The Happy Chicken Coop

๐Ÿ™‚ Nest Box & Bedding Gallery More than 100 to View!

Nesting boxes are essential and extremely useful for chickens and their keepers. A clean, private and peaceful space encourages hens to lay eggs all in one place. Without nest boxes, hens will lay their eggs in random places, which is inconvenient for keepers. Here are many ideas to help you find the right nest boxes for your flock. View Now

How-To Videos
Sexing Chicks

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Protect Your Baby Chicks from Life Threatening Fecal Impaction

At one time or another itโ€™s inevitable youโ€™ll lose one or more of your new baby chicks. Mail order chicks, or chicks kept in stressful conditions are most at risk.
We usually blame it one one thing or another, but the most common reason is often overlookedโ€ฆ and can be avoided…. Continue Reading

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