I ordered 25 (26 with the free exotic) from McMurray Hatchery for the week of the 18th. They are all brown egg layers, so bigger chicks. It has been warm and sunny here for weeks, so I didn't really think about how cold it is elsewhere in the country (ETA we're near San Francisco). Seeing so many sad stories has me very nervous, though. I have a six year old daughter, and while we've prepared her that some may die I think a mass tragedy like some people are reporting would just be heartbreaking for her (and me, too). Every time I say anything about the chicks she gets worried and says "Are our chicks okay?" Our friends locally recommended McMurray, but they order in March. There is a hatchery in state called Belt that I just found out about, but I couldn't find much information on them. I really don't want to sentence these sweet little chicks to death by shipping them across the country. They said that because the 18th is a holiday the hatch was delayed a day and the chicks will be leaving their hatchery on Sunday, moving through the postal offices on Monday (because the post is still going, only small offices are closed) and arriving the 19 or 20. Hatching on the 17th and not arriving until the 20th seems like a long journey, but it doesn't sound like they're going to be sitting around waiting in a cold post office or warehouse or anything. I don't know. Advice? Was it crazy to order from so far away? Would ordering more chicks help the survival? I did order the Growgel and Electrolytes. Thanks in advance!