Hello everyone, I am also a frequent contributor to a firearms message board, and part of the nature of that board is we deal with a great many "troll" accounts who lurk on that message board looking for "ammunition" to use against the firearms community when it comes to second amendment issues. Now I do not want to turn this into a debate on gun rights, as this is a board that is concerned with baby poultry. I just worry that some of us may be inadvertantly be doing the same thing to this community by giving "ammunition" to the animal rights folks who would like to see our ability to buy chicks by mail order taken away from us. This is a horribly busy time of year for the hatcheries, and we will all see a lot of posts about dead chicks, delayed shipments, etc. I think it's important to keep in perspective that these businesses are performing herculean feats of management and scheduling in order to ensure that the vast majority of their animals arrive safe and sound at their destinations. Anytime you ship any kind of livestock you will have losses. Even with cattle and swine you will usually see a few dead animals at the end of a stressful trip. EDIT: We also should bear in mind that the postal service does NOT want to ship baby chicks. They are required to by law. If anything, I think more of our ire should be directed towards the lack of concern given some chick shipments by the postal service. Indeed, if the animal rights folks were truly concerned about the chicks' welfare, they should join us in insisting that the postal service do everything possible to expedite shipments and enforce safe handling practices. I have to admit the stories about lost shipments and upside-down boxes anger me to no end... EDIT OFF So anyway, let's hear a few more stories about the chicks that arrive happy and healthy and give credit to the hatcheries that keep our hobby strong and diverse by allowing us to buy such an amazing variety of birds from all over the country. ok... rant off... thanks!