@LKShepherd Wow, you sure did get lucky! You've gotten all of my luck, LOL! Seriously, good for you. We have purchased from Ideal Poultry before and were really happy with our chicks. We bought ten and opted out of the "extras" buy paying for insurance, and they also put a block of pressed straw to help take up the space those five chicks extra would have. I don't know if they still do that or not, but something for others to ask about if they decide (against my recommendation) to get a last-minute order.
We got chicks last year too as the deals were "too" good to pass up. I'll repeat my recommendation to wait for chicks. BUT:
If one is going to order chicks in winter, it really is a bit easier to get them about 4 weeks before one thinks warm dry weather will be here. Wet warm weather is just as bad for chicks as ice storms. A wet chick imo has trouble staying warm.
Now I suppose if one owns a heated barn or a barn with a heated room now would be a great time to get chicks as eggs would start rolling in long before spring and of course long before spring chicks start laying
All that said, I'm hoping to participate in the New Years hatch along with something. That will give me some chicks to keep warm for a while.