http://www.mypetchicken.com/Day_Old_Baby_Chicks-Baby_Chicks___Available_Breeds_for_2009-P212.aspx I was browsing online and came across the My Pet Chicken website. I saw that in Feb they are selling a minimum of three birds to some areas! Our coop can't hold very many birds but I thought I'd look into it. At the bottom of the page, it says that if you're more than thrirty minutes away from a major city (we are) then eight chicks are the minimum. That's still great! Much better than twenty five! And I've already considered them not making it-we'll be sure to give it a go, anyway. The best part is that it's about 3 months until the fair, which means one month in the brooder, half a month in a separate pen, and the rest with protective saddles on. I'd be able to show my fowl in good condition. I know what is said, 'Hatchary bought chicks ARE NOT good show fowl,' but look, my choices are limited now. I've decided on some Polish fowl, (who would I be without them?) at least one Easter Egger, and one Appenzeller so far. You MUST look these birds up. Absoloutely gorgeous. http://www.spitskuifkriel.nl/foto/kleur zilverzwartgeloverd hen.jpg Can you say Cruella De Vil? No? My question: Unless I'm looking right through it, I don't see where it says 'these fowl are striaght run' or 'only bantams are straight run.' It worries me because even though I'm ordering all standard sized chickens, they all NEED to be females. Our flock already has three roos and ten hens. Eight more chickens would give us twenty one more birds! That's a lot more than we've had in a long time. And our ratio would be much better. Anyone who's ever ordered: what's the deal here? Thanks everyone! P.S.-Sorry if this is in the wrong section!