I ordered 25 from and received 27. One was dead in the box. The remaining 26 are healthy, happy, and 10 days old now. There was a lot of hassle in receiving the box from the P.O. We ended up driving 130 miles round trip at 9 p.m. on a Saturday night to get the babies, or they would have been shipped to our local P.O. on Monday. It was COLD and they would have been dead by then.
The only screw up was that they sent me two Dark Brahmas instead of 1 Dark, 1 Light, as I ordered. The others seem to be the right breeds. I ordered all pullets, so that remains to be seen yet, how accurate the sexing was. Their site says 90% accuracy, so if I end up with only 3 or 4 roosters, I will be happy with that.
I like the variety of breeds that MM has, but their shipping policies SUCK. Suck with a capital suck. They mail out Friday night/Saturday morning, which puts these babies in a warehouse over the weekend. You have to be annoyingly persistent with the P.O., make a million phone calls to JUST the right numbers, and then do a rain dance, HOPING your chicks get to you some time on Saturday or Sunday and not have to wait until Monday morning.
I will not order chicks again. The hatcheries casually replace boxes of chicks, like they are old newspapers or something. They are live animals, left on docks to starve and freeze. Days in a box, in the total darkness, being jostled around, frozen, hungry. Clinging onto life, just waiting for somebody to open that box. I can't even imagine why shipping live chicks is even legal! It makes me absolutely ill to think of the babies that suffer and then die without a chance. All in all, my order was very successful with only 1 casualty, but a friend of mine opened a box of 25 dead chicks - and hers was in the middle of the summer! It was 90 degrees when her chicks arrived dead. So they either were left in the sun to bake to death, or they starved. She said the trauma of opening up those dead chicks turned her off from hatcheries forever. The really bad thing is that she only lives about 6 hours from MM Hatchery! And it still took them 3 full days to get to her.
In the future, I will find local breeders, since I like a variety of breeds. Or MM hatchery isn't too terribly far from me. I will just drive there and pick up chicks instead of having them mailed.
Edited by RaeRae2 - 3/5/12 at 10:49am