I'm looking at buying a few Runner ducklings later this summer. I live in Ohio and had planned on ordering them from Meyer, since they are close enough that I can pick-up day-olds from the hatchery. However, when I placed my order tonight, which included some chicks, I found that the Runner ducklings have to be shipped. So, we'll be picking up the chicks, but now I'm not sure what to do about getting ducklings. I've heard Metzer is top quality, but they are in California. Meyer probably isn't as good quality-wise (just what I've heard), but they would be much closer. Should I go for the hatchery with the shorter shipping distance or the better reputation? Also, since Meyer says they have to be shipped, does anyone know if they would actually be shipped from somewhere much further away (not Meyer hatchery) anyway? I'm just wanting a 3-4 Runners as pets/slug eaters. They don't need to be show quality or anything, just healthy. I don't mind ordering a few other ducks or chicks to meet my minimum, so that probably isn't a big factor in my decision (as long as the minimum isn't too high). Any other recommendations on sources for Runners that are as good as Metzer, but closer?