The babies have arrived! I could hear them chirping away in the back of the post office before the mail carrier brought them out front! They were well-packed with a heat pack underneath a tightly-woven, thick and cushiony nesting pad. Although they were in transit for over 24 hours, they were bright-eyed, active, and chatty. :) Thank you, MPC! I can't wait to receive my bantam order at the end of May.
I'm sorry to hear of the post office errors that wiped out the majority of your chicks, @chickisoup :(
How awful to have to open up that package, knowing how slim their odds were for surviving so long in the cold.
As was mentioned, each box has the name of the employee who packed the shipment. My box was packed by "Tyler F." and it was wonderful. The heat pack that was underneath the nesting pad stayed warm for over three days. I placed it in the brooder with them until it finally went cold.
In the past, I have ordered from a hatchery directly or have purchased chicks locally from a breeder and at my Mom & Pop's local feed store (they've ordered from Ideal and Privett). This order was my first from MPC, but my neighbors have had so many healthy, gorgeous hens they've purchased 2-3 times through MPC that I thought I would give them a try. I have to say that so far, I'm quite lucky. The girls have been with me a little over a week now, and they are quite the active little butterballs, curious and friendly with hearty appetites and great curiosity. Their little feathers are starting to push their way out on their wings and rumps, and they are growing and developing really well.
I hope that your three little babies pull through. It sounds like you are giving them the best care possible. MPC is known for excellent customer service, so I really hope your replacement chickies won't be shipped around the country before arriving at your home.
Good luck, and keep us posted about the Wyandottes and little Red.