I've ordered from Gabbard Farms many times. I mainly order her Ancona. Prior to this year, I ordered only eggs. I got fair results, but I was happy about the results since she lived in Arkansas and I'm in Minnesota. The eggs were always well packed, and shipped in a timely fashion.
My only problem with the chicks once they hatched was that somewhere in their pre-adult age, they wound up with curled toes. I thought it was her chicks but as time went on, I realized it was my feeding program during that time frame. I was over feeding this breed. When I'd bought from McMurrays, I never had that problem but then again, I was ordering a lot more chicks that ate up the feed in one sitting. I cut back on feed and no longer had the problem w/the Gabbard chicks.
Overall, this is one of my most fragile breeds, from egg to youngster. As an adult, they are quite hardy.
This year I ordered Ancona chicks, along with some meat chicks. Not all of the Ancona chicks arrived. Maybe postal workers took some out of the box as they died, not sure but I notified Julie and she reimbursed me the missing chicks. The meat chicks were ready in 9 weeks. Maybe it was breeding or maybe it was because I didn't push them with concentrates, and/or maybe it was due to me shutting off lights - not sure, but none died. They were between 2-1/2 to 3-3/4 pounds with the majority being around 3-1/2 dressed, so I was happy. I'd ordered 12 and all but 3 or 4 were males but I'd ordered straight run.
As for the Ancona, I was missing a few during transit and maybe only 1 died while here. I have 5 roos and 4 hens to show for it. The hens are all good quality, 2 look to be show quality due to the amount of dark feathering at this age but that could change among all 4. The roos, I'll only keep 2 - with one being show quality, again with the coloring for this age. There is one out of that batch that is definitely a cull but that happens. He has a white beak and white legs, minus the barring. The whiteness is not standard for this bred but culls do happen in anyone's flock.
I am tempted to purchase more chicks this year but it's getting late in the season and my chick fund is sort of drying up - lol.
Anyways, I have to say that Julie fulfilled Minnesota NPIP requirements in our state even though it was a slight hassle with the extra paperwork. She's been kind enough when talking to her, and I've had no problems with the breeds I've gotten from her.