Ok ladies and gents, roos and hens. I need some help clarifying something. I'm a very new newbie - this is my first post - and I am somewhat confused with how many chicks to purchase. This is my first attempt at raising chickens and in doing some research I have noticed that many hatcheries have a minimum buy of 25 chicks. Also, in reading about the sq ftg these girls/guys need I know I will not have the room for the 250 sq ft run these will require when they get larger. I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to keep 25 chicks in the house! (I've already figured out my wife will just LOVE them when she sees them but if she sees 25 I'll be picking her up off the floor ) I also do not want to have so many chickens that my neighbors are calling the chicken police on us. I don't know anyone around me that would want to split a shipment of chicks so I'm curious to know what others do. I'm in the Daytona Bch area so maybe there's someone on the boards that may want to split? Or maybe there's someone on the board who knows someone down here that I can drive to and pick up a few chicks? I'm really looking to do this for the fertilizer and eggs - no exotics (at this time - but who knows maybe I'll go egg over heels for these little guys). Any input/feedback would be greatly appreciated.