New Chick Shipment = FAIL

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by HathawayHens, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. HathawayHens

    HathawayHens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, got 25 assorted rare breed females in the mail today, FINALLY... 5 DOA, 5 more dead since then, at least 5 additional look to be on their way out. :( Now I see what everyone gets so sad about. It's terrible. Good heat, elecrolytes, vitamins, and thinking about a little mashed starter... hoping to save some of the rest. They are pretty dehydrated. :( Sigh.
     
  2. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    I'm so sorry for your loss :(
     
  3. LilMissChz

    LilMissChz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awww, I'm so sorry. I came so close to ordering mail order and then changed my mind. I keep hearing so many bad stories of mail order. Again, I'm soooo sorry you had a bad experience.
     
  4. HathawayHens

    HathawayHens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup - it really does stink when they arrive so weak and cold and you are trying to help them... blech. :(
     
  5. Ilovemyduckies

    Ilovemyduckies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So sorry for your loss :( I know how upsetting it can be when you lose a chick.
     
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  6. horseshowmomnv

    horseshowmomnv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think I will order via mail order again. Although our chicks arrived thriving and all 27 have lived (so far 2 wks old), I don't want to worry again. I know that the local feed stores order from these companies, in reality we are just adding a middle man in some cases. I have found that there are alot of local people that I can purchase chicks from, I think if we need chicks in the future we buy from a local person.
    Sorry for your trauma! I can not imagine what you are going through.
     
  7. felidaet

    felidaet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry to hear about your loses. I am fortunate that there are a LOT of feed stores within about 20 miles of my house that sell chicks. I have not bought any through the mail. I suspect that most of them get their chicks through the mail but at least I don't have top deal with it.
     
  8. HathawayHens

    HathawayHens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, it is true it's so much easier to not have to open that sad box yourself... :( I do have local peeps, but I am hoping for some unusual breeds, and since we live in a residential setting I would still have the other sad side of the issue - rooster disposal - if I got straight run. I guess the only answer is to move out to ten acres and have a FARM! :) btw, down to only 6 chicks left. :( :(
     

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