My husband and I decided to start a backyard flock this year (we just got married and moved into a new house this past October.) This was to be my project, and I settled on getting 6 Cream Legbar chicks from Greenfire Farms. I promptly bought feed, grit, waterers, feeder, and began researching different brooders and coops. I got a Brinsea warmer, and got everything set up in anticipation of their arrival. Then a snowstorm. Shipment delayed - of course! Don’t ship them in that weather. Rescheduled shipment date comes, and another snowstorm. Since the last time I called Greenfire, and emailed, I got no response, just a form email saying the shipment was rescheduled, I assumed they’d delay again. Disappointed but I wanted the chicks to be safe. I was surprised, then, when I got a tracking number saying they would be here the next morning. They were not, in fact, and did not come in for another 2 days. I had ordered 6, 11 were shipped, and 9 arrived. Cue the death song. Over the next few hours and days, 3 more perished, and I’m not sure exactly why. I had also gotten 5 bantams from Tractor Supply when I thought my original 6 were going to die in transit, and all of those died. Out of the 11+5, I have 6. And today a chick appears on her way out with a large mass on her left lower side. This is terrible.