Last week, my babies shipped from Cackle Hatchery in MO to near Austin TX. It was by priority mail, had a tracking number... last scan was for Springfield MO.... They were supposed to arrive in 2 days, so on that Wednesday. I notified my small local post office... I got a call the next day and when I arrived to pick them up, they were of course all dead. It had been 3 days shipping and it was cold up there in MO. SO - Cackle offered me some different breeds which were better than what I'd ordered... re-shipped this Monday. Same deal - last scan was for Springfield. I called the USPS big number (not the local office) and they told me that the hatchery should have shipped express as delivery would be guaranteed in 2 days and priority could be 2-4 days and most live animals ship express. My local post master said the same. When I called Cackle again today and talked to a supervisor she said that in their years of experience there was no decrease in transit time with express vs priority and express is many times more expensive. I am not sure if my babies will arrive tomorrow or not... I have heard that Ideal hatchery here in TX has lesser genetics and being a scientist I would like my girls to start out strong in that regard. HOwever, Ideal birds are at least local to here and I can buy them in the feed stores. If this order does not survive I will likely buy feed store birds this year... BUT, would like to know, what's your experience in baby shipping methods and times? I grew up on a farm and my parents and grandparents both mail ordered babies and never had much of a problem. Is it just that the post office is getting worse? It is frustrating that UPS and FedEx are not able to ship animals as this then would no longer be a problem.