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What have I done!? Meyer's just called - END OF STORY ON PAGE 11

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by texas_chick, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. texas_chick

    texas_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Meyer's just called. My babies are packed and ready to go. They wanted to verify the post office address (because I live in the sticks and even Overnight Express takes two days here...) so I am having them delivered to a post office in the 'big city' rather than wait the extra day.
    I visited the big city post office this morning and I don't think they ever heard the word 'chicken' before.
    My toddler even drew cute little chicks on our letter to the postmaster.
    I am so nervous.
    I will be so upset if they loose my babies or it ends up being too cold in Ohio for them to survive.
    I even offered extra money to the Meyer's guy to add more heat packs but he said they were already packed with a heat pack and insulating tape (weird right?).

    I can not wait until tomorrow when I know if they survived the trip or not!
    My poor husband even had to take off from work so I can track down my chicks if I need to...
    I am already totally regretting the mail order thing.
    If I didn't have a car cranky toddler I could have gotten chicks from a fellow BYC member but the 4 hour round trip was just too far.
    If I knew how to sex chicks I could have picked some from the feed store's straight run...
    If they don't survive I will just buy grown chickens somewhere local.
    I am already feeling super guilty for putting my poor chicks through this!
     
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2009
  2. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    Virginia
    I felt just like that when I got my first batch! [​IMG] Chances are everything will work out just fine! You'll be a great chick mama! [​IMG]
     
  3. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pendleton, Indiana
    I get excited when I order from meyer! They can't work miracles but they are very good at what they do. Now the USPS could lose anything. Chin up and the best of luck!
     
  4. Hens_And_Chicks

    Hens_And_Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Meyers is an awesome hatchery - they are my personal go to people for any problem by phone or in person.

    You will not have any problems with the shipping.[​IMG]
     
  5. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm jealous. Meyer said my babies won't ship for at least a month, maybe not until APRIL!!!!
     
  6. adoptedbyachicken

    adoptedbyachicken Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Deep breath, fingers crossed. I know it's nervey having to wait on chicks, but honestly the vast majority of the shipments go fine! In all my years I have lost about 5 chicks total in shipping and maybe 5 more in the first day, and I have had hundreds shipped. Like 300 meat birds in an order and I have had small shipments of heritage breeds too, like only 20 chicks.

    The heat packs they have now, and the better boxes make a huge plus compared to the days when I started this addiction.

    Good for you for giving the PO a heads up! That really helps, and I hope they have your phone number. My PO lets me pick up chicks at the back door way before the front is open.

    Have your brooder ready, up to temperature with the water in it for a few hours too so it's warm as well, they seem to take to it better that way. Feed in the feeders and some on the paper towel just scattered so they get interested in case they are a bit tired.

    All my best for your chicks, and do let us know how it went!
     
  7. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2009
    ft. worth
    Your chicks should be fine. Good Luck and welcome to BYC
     
  8. texas_chick

    texas_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. Just a little while longer...
     
  9. Catalina

    Catalina Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2007
    Minnesota
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    I went through the same thing.
    How could I be so mean and order baby chicks! [​IMG]
    But they were all fine and are now happy adult hens!!
     
  10. Picklestix7866

    Picklestix7866 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sure they will be fine. I felt like that when I ordered my first chicks. I ordered 30 Silkies, and I ended up with 33 the day they came. I only lost one within two days, but he was small.
     

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