I called Buckerfields' Feed and supply store last week to place an order for day old sex links. I ordered 3 reds and 3 blacks from there last year. No problem. This year they said they wouldn't earmark them for us unless we order 25 or more. But they said they would be getting 50 in on Wed, (yesterday) and if I'm there at 8:30 a.m. I can get some. So I got the brooder all set up and the heat lamp on to warm it and off I go. Got there at 8:30 and they tell me "come back tomorrow 'cuz the order is delayed". Okay, fine. A little disappointed but I go home and unplug the heat lamp. I tried to phone them this morning to see if the order came in but they don't answer the phone until they open at 8:30. So i plug in the brooder light again and off I go. I get there and they have 25 in a box. Hooray ... but no ... those are someone else's order. So where are the other 25 that weren't earmarked? "Oh, those ones were all dead when they got here." "No we're not getting anymore now for the rest of the season." They acted as though I was a petty annoyance wanting only 8 chicks. So they won't get any more business from me. I wonder what changed since last year. They were so accommodating last year. What is the small flock keeper supposed to do? Well there's my rant [email protected]$^&$%&**%!!!!!!! P.S. There is a local guy who sells 10 week olds so I guess I'll get some of those but they won't be sweet little fuzzy butts. They can go out to the grow-out pen and I'll get more eggs sooner, but it's not the same. Mumble mumble grumble!