There is a mom and pop feed store in a nearby town that gets their chicks in earlier than TSC (late Jan) and everyone who wants/likes chicks knows about it. Some of these people are intense!
They crowd around the bins like the chicks are very rare and covered in gold or something (chicks are normally RIR, BR, Orps or something else common), they scoop out chicks like you would nuts out of a bin and they run the poor employees ragged.
"Do you have X breed?" (Without looking in the bins)
"Do you have anymore X?" (Same as the above)
"What do I feed it?" (Sign right next to you)
"Is that a duck/goose?" (What does that little card in front of you say?)
. They also give you the stink eye if you go near "their" chicks. Last week I thought a woman was going to kill me when I picked up a White Leghorn (note: there were over 50 of them!).
Today all I wanted was Bantams so I was left in piece. Oh, this store opens at 7:30, I got there at around 8:20 today and the madness had already begun. They get chicks in every week through Oct, so its not like they are going to run out of them.
I feel you, especially when my chicks that I have ordered are magically "theirs", well I guess that's what happens when the feed store is in town :/