I have been reading alot of "dead shipped chicks" posts. I just have some food for thought. It is very cold in places this time of year. I was dying to order some chicks, but then I thought of how cold it could be, certainly not any where around 90 degrees! So I wouldn't think of ordering this time of year. Heating pad or not, I feel it's just not warm enough. The other thing I'd like to mention is that I hatched a bunch of chicks last year, the group was "eating" so I thought. Turns out they were just picking at the crumbles! So I made the wet mash and they pigged out like they hadn't eaten in days (duh). Then I grinded the crumbles down finer. I was paying attention to their eating because I had one surviving chick a month before that, and he acted like he was starving. Well he was. And he died. He too would pick at the crumbles and wasn't really eating them. I hate seeing chicks die from something that could be prevented.