My sister has been researching silkies for a while and wants to show them. She found a breeder whose chickens were beautiful and after talking back and forth for a couple weeks, decided to buy a pair of full grown, bearded silkies. The breeder is in Florida and was concerned about the heat, and said he would keep an eye on the weather and send them when it had cooled off some. While we were out of town this past weekend, he emailed my sister and said he would be shipping them Monday and to be expecting them Tuesday. Well, the chickens did not arrive until Wednesday. They arrived in a tiny box, and while we can't be sure, we suspect that the rooster sat on the hen and smothered her to death. Understanding that it is already hot out, it is beyond us why he shipped them when he did because it was hotter this week than it was when she first initiated the buy, and in such a small box. We have gotten chicks in a bigger box than he sent two full grown chickens! The other thing we've wondered is if the hen was completely healthy when she was shipped. Within 10 minutes of getting out of the box, the rooster was crowing, eating, and drinking. How did he fair so well and the hen die? The breeder has offered to sell my sister another hen at a discounted rate, but we feel that someone with so much experience with chickens should have known better than to ship them in such a small box as well as on a day when it was 95 degrees out in GA and they were coming from FL. If you were in our shoes, what would you? We feel that since the birds were insured, we should either get the money or he should send another bird. Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated.