I have read this entire thread and am amazed at the responses.
First of all, I would like to thank Dawn (from Meyers) for participating in the thread. Karin, I hope you read through her post thoroughly and followed up on contacting her about the loss. It's obvious Meyer's customer service extends even through the internet.
Secondly, shipping livestock through the US post system can be sketchy. Obviously, we're willing to take the chance. We hope the outcome is positive, however; sometimes (as Karin has learned) it doesn't quite work out.
Last week, I received my chicks from Meyers without delay. They arrived in good spirit, healthy and eager to stretch. Like Karin, I too live "in the sticks" however; I took delivery at my local post office. There was no confusion. If Karin had taken delivery at her local post office, perhaps things would've worked out differently for her.
Karin, please post a follow-up as to replacement chicks from Meyers.