I've done it - I just placed my on-line order with Meyers for 9 chicks. The earliest delivery I could get was first week in May. I have spent literally 2 years looking at chicken websites and making lists of breeds, building a coop (not yet finished) and now I just did it. I hit the purchase button on the screen and did it. I think I'm having a panic attack. I don't remember being this freaked out when I married or got pregnant with my kids! Those were much bigger commitments than this, relatively speaking. Has anyone else had this problem? I was all planning to go with heritage and unusual breeds from several breeders but could never either limit my choices to what they had or when they had them available. In the end I just went with Meyers based on their reputation, variety and all-in-one on-line shopping menu. I liked the idea of starting with a mixed bunch for my first group of hens and see which breeds turn out to be my favorites and the best for my area and backyard set up. What I ordered were 2 Australorp, 2 Barred Rock, 1 Easter Egger, 1 Speckled Sussex, 1 RIR and 1 Leghorn. (What I really had my heart set on were heritage Barred Rock, Marraduna Basque, and Mille Fleur Leghorn. Now I'm hoping one of my future hens goes broody and I'll try to hatch out eggs of the Basque or MFLH). Oh Lord, what have I done! There's no turning back now. I'll post photos of my half-finished coop. I had originally posted in the "Chickens on the Patio" thread but after a lot of thought decided not to convert the whole patio. I'm building a 3 x 8 coop with an attached 4 x 8 run under the patio. That will leave enough room for a few cages of meat rabbits (another future project).