I ordered 125 chicks yesterday from Cackle. I go to pick them up on the 24th of March! I can't wait. Tonight we starting working on the brooders. We had two already set up, but one is a smaller one, and we are turning a large 2-tiered shelf into a 2 level brooder. I think we will be able to make do with just the 3 brooders, but I like to have an extra one on hand. I ordered 25 Jumbo Cornish X straight run, (the rest are all pullets...) 25 New Hampshire reds, 25 Red Star Sex Links, 25 Black Sex links, and 25 Brown Leghorns (wanted some white eggs layers). Our plan is to freezer the cornish Xs and keep 25-30 pullets and sell the rest. How much chick starter do you think we will need for 125? I was thinking about starting out with 100 lbs but don't know if we will need more than that. We will want to get the meaties on grower after 2 weeks from what I have read. My hubby is varmint proofing the old farrowing house to raise the chicks out in after they are out of the brooder. Our Chicken house isn't nearly big enough (8x12!) My other hens all free range and I have 30 hens and 1 rooster (as of today). Well I need to get breakfast cooked- it is almost 5am!