When I peeked in the box I was pleasantly surprised to see a roiling mass of fuzz and nary a carcass.
Since I had learned the hard way what a harrowing trip was required for them to get to me (Friday to Monday in a box without food/water and three airport stops) I was prepared to offer them sugar water for fast energy to help them recover. Once everyone was drinking I offered up food and they soon found that too. I counted them over and over again and keep coming up with 27....I guess we got an extra?
I stayed with them until I was sure they were eating, drinking, and staying warm, but felt incredibly guilty leaving them alone after such a long and difficult trip.
After this experience I've vowed to never order chicks from out of state (or maybe even through the mail) again. Hopefully, I can hatch my own chicks in the future and avoid it all together.