- Feb 22, 2016
I ordered Silkies from Ideal Poultry and was excited to find them this early in the year. I was notified on Tuesday that they were shipped and expected them in 3 days or less. I notified our Doylestown Ohio post office of the chicks and they assured me that I would be notified as soon as they arrived. When they didn't arrive by Friday March 30th my heart sank knowing that the critical 72 hour mark was past. The call came on Saturday morning to pick the package up after the post office opened at 9am. (Previously I picked chicks up by 6am). I could hear the babies and hurried home to get them in the brooder. When I opened the box I didn't believe my eyes, twelve dead chicks, two chicks not able to stand and four that could stand. After they were settled in the brooder and introduced to the water dish and pulverized chick starter I took a second look at the shipping box and am horrified to see that they arrived in Cleveland Wednesday at midnight and it took over 48 hours to travel 45 miles to Doylestown Ohio. The two weak chicks died 10 hours later. I spent most of my day checking in on the tiny creatures and wondering how do you stop this from happening again. No where on the box was anything stating live animals. even if you do hear peeping I feel the labeling should have been better and the lid of the box was damaged. I left a voice mail with the hatchery after opening the box. I will contact the post office on Monday. This has been a very depressing day!