I'd like to update!
First, I'd like to say that I live in Southern California and GFF is of course, on the opposite side of the country in Florida.
By now, I've won two auctions.
The first auction, I won 12 random assorted chicks - Josette, was a sweetheart and sent me 16.
In total, I received: 2 Bielefelders, 7 Swedish Flower Hens, 5 Cream Legbars, and 2 Black Swedish Hens (Svart Hona's).
All arrived healthy, happy, and vivacious! None died at arrival, but the next day one Swedish Flower Hen passed.
My second auction, which I received October 27, 2015 was for 12 random assorted chicks again and again, she gave me extra - 15.
This time, she was an absolute doll and gave me: 2 East Frisian Gulls (lemon), 4 Svart Hona's, 2 White Pavlovskaya's, 2 Marsh Daisies, 3 Orusts,, 1 Silver Spitzhauben, and 1 Lyonnaise.
The total for this would've been $1, 877 plus $35 shipping! I was lucky to get it for only $175 (including shipping). That's $11.66 per chick!
Anyways, this shipment arrived with all the chicks alive as well. I also believe that these chicks were either shipped to me a day before or on the
same day that they hatched since most of them still had their egg tooth.
(Oh and to prove how sweet Josette is - she went ahead and shipped the chicks before I even paid. Of course I paid her immediately
the next day, but she sent me an e-mail saying she had already shipped the chicks and trusts that I will pay her. She did this because
I have college classes on Wednesdays so she had to ship the chicks on Monday since Tuesday is my only day off. I hadn't even thought of that
since the first batch took her two weeks to send. Such a sweet, sweet lady!)
In total, I've only had one loss from Geenfire Farms and that was the day after they were shipped.
Elkinsacres pictures shows how they were packaged and in my opinion, the chicks were packaged perfectly, with two large hand warmer heat pads, one of those Excelsior nest box mats (woven Aspen fibers), and four small cups of Gro-Gel taped to each corner.
The heat pads were still warm when I got it!
The chicks also had stained beaks, suggesting that they ate the Gro-Gel. In fact, as I was opening the box the second time, three of them were happily munching on the stuff.
I'd also like to add that I was worried before about a rumor I heard of them sending only males chicks if someone won an auction. That is entirely not true! For the auto sexing breeds, they sent me all females.
At first, it took a while for Josette to answer me but once she did, she has been a doll and has answered all my questions.
She gave me extra's both time and their quality of chicks is excellent, especially since hey all survived!
I had ordered chicks from Northern California that arrived with only 50% alive, as opposed to Greenfire Farms 100%
I always give my chicks Save-A-Chic Vitamins and Electrolytes when they arrive.
What I did different with the Greenfire Farm chicks (as opposed to the chick I got from Secret Hills Ranch) is:
Before I even open the box, I get a bowl of water and mix some of the Save-A-Chic power in. As soon as I open the box, I take each one out and dip it's beak in the water at least 4-5 times to make sure that they get their fill of water.
After, I put them under the heat lamp in the brooder and about 30 minutes later, will dip their beak where the waterer is in the brooder to make sure they know where it is.
With Secret Hills Ranch, even though only 50% arrived alive, about 3-4 died the day after. Perhaps my success with these two GFF is because I made sure they were adequately hydrated?
DEFINITELY ORDER FROM THEM!
They're in the top tier and now I understand why. Such sweet people with beautiful birds!
I'm never ordering from anyone else. Seriously!
She even gave me a 20% off coupon for my next purchase.
I'd like to add that I'm so sorry @elkinsacres. I have no idea why your order didn't go the way expected. How long did it take the chicks to get to you? Was it overnight? Also, how was the weather in your area? Was it hot? I see that you have a good amount of chicks, so the cold wouldn't have been an issue but too much heat could've killed them. Of course we don't know what happened, but could it have been an evil mail carrier that shook the heck out of your chicks? Maybe they were just so hungry, ate too fast, and choked? Maybe they had already passed, but shaking made their bodies move and once the heads got into the cups, it made them seem like they drowned? My Gro-Gel wasn't watery at all. Before she shipped mine, I checked the weather for predicted DOA and sent it to her. However, some of my chicks are also getting the "pasty-butt" thing that you mentioned. I've just been checking them daily and cleaning them off.
Edited by Exotica - 10/29/15 at 5:59pm