Okay, I feel a bit emboldened by EweSheep and will tell you in detail my experience. All I ordered were hatching eggs, mind you- no live chicks. I specified when ordering that the box be held at the post office with my phone number written on the outside so they could call me. I live on a rural route and though our mail lady is wonderful and conscientious about how she handles boxes marked fragile, there are just too many things that can go wrong on a long, bumpy ride in the mail truck. Both times the boxes were delivered right to my house without the instructions "Hold at Post Office" on the box. The first batch, I ordered 12 Wheaten Marans, 6 Blue/Black Ameraucanas, and 3 Australorps. I hatched 1 Australorp, 4 Ameraucanas, but just one Marans that was not Wheaten. It came out black, so maybe it was a black copper. I ordered more Wheaten Marans eggs and ended up with 1 pullet and 2 cockerels. The pullet died before ever laying an egg. She was probably about 8 months old when that happened.
I will say I was very happy with the Ameraucanas. I wound up with 1 black cockerel, 1 black pullet, and 2 blue pullets. We had a terrible heat wave come through that summer, though, and all but one blue pullet died despite our fans, shade, and 2-liter bottles of ice. There's just not much a chicken can do when it's 104 for nearly a week straight. The remaining blue hen is my favorite bird out of my whole flock. She's extremely friendly, a good layer of light blue eggs, and is pretty good looking. She's not show quality because she doesn't have the right lacing, but I'm putting her in with a black cockerel I got from John Blehm of Chick Hatchery to hopefully get some of her offspring. I know that hatching eggs are a gamble. While they were packed carefully, I've had better results with other shipped eggs. It could have been the timing, handling en route, any number of things. I just want to tell my story in as objective a way as I can because I'm sure there are other folks who have had both better and worse experiences with Gabbard Farms. Good luck whatever you choose to do!