I have been following the forum for a month or so. Placed my order yesterday and will ship in about 3 or 4 weeks. I must say I am very discouraged by reading about so many people losing their chicks. I mean, I understand that you are going to lose a few here and there but I really am shocked at the stories some are telling. I would have thought these birds would be a bit more hardy than it appears. I ordered 9 birds, will probably receive 10. I suppose if I come out of it 6 weeks later with 7 living I will be happy. Just seems like it shouldnt be as hard as it seems. And I need to leave town for 2 weekends during their first 6 weeks. I may not end up with ANY alive!