I started this thread because for the first time I've ordered baby chicks through the mail from a hatchery not in my state. I am concerned after reading through a few threads about them surviving the trip. I know that there are many factors to take into consideration when ordering by mail but anyones previous experiences or tips to help ensure survivability would be very much appreciated. So my questions are: 1. when the hatchery gives you the delivery "week" when should you generally expect them? 2. should I be worried If i'm ordering from a hatchery in another state? will that decrease chick survivability? 3. do post offices call you on the weekend? 4. should I inform the post office I'm expecting live chicks? 5. In your experience have hatcheries been willing to work with you for a specific delivery date? the reason I ask is I work 12hr shifts so need to arrange for a day I'm off and can pick up the chicks right away. any other tips, advice, expertise, anything would really help. I was so excited to order these babies but now I'm stressing out that they won't make it.