So, we got our first chicks last week from our local feed store. They get chicks from a hatchery, don't know which one, and have a good assortment every week from March through August. This was our first adventure into chick picking, so we went with 8dayers thinking they would be a little heartier and so far they all seem just fine. My concern/question is, after reading BYC for about 2 hrs a day this past week, I've realized that I might not get true to type birds. I think my Salmon Faves are going to be dark, my brahma doesn't have feathers on its legs (my bad, I thought they might just grow in) etc. If I am interested in good looking/true to type birds, where is the best place for me to get them?? Locally I have found a lot of people selling chicks, I know you can order from hatcheries/breeders directly and I know you can go to feed stores. Which is more reliable? I am a newbie, so I am nervous about mail order chicks and me handling the certain death o some of them. I am nervous about hatching eggs. I am nervous about someone passing off their mixed breeds or something else they don't want since I don't have enough experience. how do I find a reliable source? Thanks!