Hi! I am a longtime lurker and brand new chicken owner as of 3 days ago! I am in Orange County, CA with a hubs and 2 kiddos. After months of research, I finally got the family blessing to order some chicks. I was going to order online via Cackle Hatchery (city/small town special) but found a local store that sells chicks and had the breeds we wanted (well, two anyway, picking up the other two in a couple days). Unfortunately one of our 1st chicks - a GLW - died a few hours after we brought her home. The remaining chick - a Welsummer - cheeped ALL NIGHT because she was lonely. It was awful. So first thing the next morning we went back to the store and got a replacement chick (another Welsummer, since there were no Wynadottes left) as well as one other, a Plymouth White. We are supposed to pick up 2 EEs on Friday but this morning the Plymouth White - after two days of being perfectly fine - died this morning. Both the chicks that died had pasty butt. I thought I caught it in time and cleaned them up, but the Welsummers haven't had it and seem fine. So now we are picking up THREE Easter Eggers on Friday to make up for the loss. I am hoping their batch of EEs is good because with 2 chicks passing, I don't know if I can take it if a third goes! We are still in the process of building the coop behind the garage but because of all our unusual rain, progress is slow going. Chicks are so sweet. We are using the MHP method instead of the light and they are so cute sleeping in their little cave. My husband has been very involved too and seems to really like the chicks - which kind of surprises me. LOL The kids, of course, are in heaven Anyway, very excited to be growing a flock and finally joining BYC!