The birds were suppose to arrive at 4:30 pm at the Delta counter. But alas, no birds on the flight!! The agent checked the computer and made a few calls and told me that a storm in Atlanta had caused a shut down and the birds would be on the next flight arriving at 8:00 pm.
The 8:00 pm flight was canceled so the birds were to be on the next flight due at 10:36 pm. That flight actually got in at 1:11 am!!
The airport was deserted as I stood patiently at the counter. Finally, about a half hour later, the same agent appeared with the birds and his first comment was "I checked them and they are all alive"!!
Alive yes but the box which is well constructed but cardboard was wet and the top was warped inward!! The birds had been out in the storm!!!
Arriving home to my bedroom, I transferred the birds to a carrier for overnight.
They looked somewhat rough in the shipping box.
Still looked like a hard trip in the carrier!
After letting them eat and drink for an hour, the birds and I went to bed at 3 am!! This morning as the sun came through my window at 7 am. I heard just a squirt of beautiful hollow roll that I have dreamed of since my first trip to Germany!!
I moved the birds to individual cages on one side of my aviary. They all have taken bathes in cold water and are eating and they look better and better. It appears that the best male will be breeding in a few days!!