Chicken hatcheries are not usually rated, but the most popular hatcheries include McMurray McMurray, My Pet Chicken, Meyer and California hatchery. Some hatcheries let customers buy as few as three chicks, but most require a much larger minimum order. Some hatcheries also sell other poultry, such as ducklings and poults.
Anyone wanting to start poultry keeping should do thorough research on breeds, feed and supplies before ordering chicks. Not all breeds are suitable for backyard chicken keeping, and some breeds are better layers than others. Hatcheries that require large minimum orders often include several male chicks to insure that there is enough warmth during shipping. This may be a burden if roosters are not allowed in the new owner's area.