So, I've ordered from four different hatcheries so far. Here's my results: McMurray - ordered 31 chicks, got 33. One DOA, four more died w/in a few days. Chicks seemed *okay* health-wise. Lost a few here and there from "failure to thrive" *very quick to respond to customer requests & make order changes Nature's Hatchery - ordered 45-ish - got something like that. One DOA, one died w/in a few days. Chicks seemed *okay* health-wise. Lost a few here and there from "failure to thrive." *Almost impossible to get ahold of, could not tell me when order would ship - it just showed up one day! Never seemed to know what breeds they would have & when. MPC - ordered 25, got 25. One almost DOA (died w/in hours), one w/dysfunctional leg. Chicks were fairly lively. *did not contact customer service, so no basis for comparison. Ideal - ordered 18, got 24. All alive on arrive, all still doing well. *placed order directly w/customer service, very friendly. Long wait to have call answered. Not sure if that will help anyone make any decisions, but...that's what I've done so far! Oh, and ordered runner ducks from Metzers - all made the trip well, and are doing great!