When I ordered chicks, last year, I also ordered from Murray McMurray. They ship on Friday's. Now, for many in the lower 48 (I happen to live in Alaska) this isn't a really big deal, as the birds arrive Saturday, and you let your post office know you're expecting them, and to call as soon as they're received. Even for us, they did arrive over the weekend, the poor things spent all of Sunday at our local post office, however, Monday morning arrived and we got a call at about 6:15 am that they were in, and we picked them up straight away. All 27 arrived healthy and in good condition. The birds will not be marked in any way, as to what breed they are. You will wind up having to figure that out on your own, just from how the chicks look. Ours were hatched May 8th last year, and our receive date was May 11th. We ordered some Partridge Rocks, and Light Brahma's, as well as a 15 count of their Meat and Egg combo. My only complaint was that we did not get what we were really supposed to with the Meat and Egg combo, as it was to be 10 meat birds, and 5 layers. We wound up with 7 meat birds and 8 layers, personally I figured, oh well, no big deal, it's still 15 birds, either way. The fun part was figuring out what the breeds of the other chickens were. Turned out we got a Black Minorca, a blue Andalusian, a Delaware, two brown Leghorns, a Partridge Rock, and a New Hampshire Red, and they threw a "free chick" in, which happened to be a blue Andalusian rooster, AND they gave us a free Partridge Rock Rooster (i ordered one, they gave me two). Over all, the experience was great. Birds were fantastic and healthy, and I'd definitely order from them again.
all of them their first day home.
and as pullets enjoying the yard in the beautiful Alaskan summer, watched over by our BT, Pig. :)
and then in October, and after all but one of the Cornish x's had been culled