Hi everyone, I tried hatching duck eggs and failed, probably due to fertility issues. So I ordered ducklings from a hatchery and 2 arrived dead. Part of it was my fault because I didn't inquire to see if they outsourced their orders to anyone. I chose a hatchery that was near my state but the ducklings came from the West Coast. They were shipped on Monday and arrived this morning at 4:30 a.m. I picked them up as soon as I got a call. I also did not order their recommended order so they provided a heat pack and I thought that would be ok if it was shipped from a close hatchery, not the West coast. They could have died from being too cold, and that is partly my fault again. The hatchery is going to refund or replace the ducklings so it's ok but I am very surprised that any survived. I thought the general rule of thumb was 2-3 days without water/food. Theoretically, they were hatched late Sunday/early Monday, wouldn't they be? Do the hatcheries have them in a brooder for several hours to dry off before they ship them? Do they provide them with any nutrients before they ship? I didn't ask but now I am curious. The lady said Thursday is the latest they should arrive (today) and they ship all the time so I guess most of them do make it. Just curious as to your thoughts on shipping babies and their survival rates.