I while back, I ordered a dozen chicks. They were sent on a Wednesday. Method of shipping: Priority Mail. The chicks showed up Saturday morning in awful shape. Only 3 still alive when I picked them up and two of those died within minutes of getting home. The breeder advised he'd send another shipment. Again, mailed on Wednesday, showed up Saturday. This time, ALL of them were dead. The lady at the USPS said that Priority Mail is not guaranteed 2-3 day mail, that it can take longer. She suggested having him send them Express. Considering the cost to mail chicks out twice, they could have been sent Express. I emailed the breeder to inform him that I once again received a box of dead chicks, but have had no response from him. In a second instance, I ordered 6 eggs (from a different breeder). The eggs were sent out a week and a half later than the ship date she provided in a PM after the auction. I don't know if the eggs were held up or if she just had to wait until she had enough eggs. Her auction said that each egg would be individually wrapped for shipping, but I received them in a cardboard egg carton and the eggs were not wrapped individually. Granted, she had gone into the hospital to have a baby and her husband had done the shipping. At any rate, I received 7 eggs and every single egg had the air cell detached and the yolk broken inside. I'm not sure if this is USPS or the fact that the eggs had more "bouncing" room since they were not individually wrapped. I've never shipped so I have no idea what the science is behind packing jobs. She says she'll send me more eggs, but it'll probably be spring now since its already really cold where she lives. I don't want to misplace blame, but I dont want to get screwed either. I have $115 into two rare breeds and all I have to show for it is one roo. What would you do in my situation? I'd like to hear from buyers and sellers so I get both sides.