I'm not too far from Ideal (2 hrs drive) and I do have some hens from there just not mailed. I probably have some Hoover chicks too (TSC) and all my feed store chicks have been healthy and are good layers. They do miss label them frequently, but that like getting a suprise!Thanks, all!
Janie -- no, I'm in TN. I've tried to get the BYC to add my location, but it refuses to do it unless I also add a lot of info I don't want to give it. Very weird.
I've ordered from Ideal for years -- I recommend them. If you do have losses, they are very good about refunds.
If you do mail order, you just have to accept that sometimes you'll have losses. It's one of those sad facts of life -- not every chick makes it!
I lived in the Cumberland mountains for about 14 yrs., raised 2 kids there and started on another before moving back home to Texas. I love Tennessee, esp. The mountains and the waterfalls. I've tried to get my bff, who is still living there to join BYC.
Anyway, keep us all updated.