I'm thinking I just need some fellow chicken people to bounce ideas off of. Come next early summer (yes I know that is a long ways away, but I like to plan ahead,plus I can plan all winter what breeds I want ), I will be ordering some more chicks. My dilema is, I really only want, and have space, for 5 more chickens. However, according to the hatchery I order from, where I am located, I "should" order a minimum of eight chicks. I faced this problem this spring, and decided to go with the advice of ordering 8 chicks and selling the other three. They all arrived alive, only one was a little weak the first couple of days. All are still doing beautifully (except one, that I sold to a family friend, got hit by a car . )It was March then too, so it was much cooler out. I know that when ordering chicks, there is the chance that one or more could die, or that I could get a rooster( which happened last time ),but I get soooo attached! I don't really want to sell any this time. The criteria from the hatchery I am ordering from (MPC) is that you can order a minimum of 3 chicks if you live in a major city, 5 chicks if you live within 30 min of a major city, or 8 if you live over an hour away from a major city. I live just under an hour away from a major city. I understand that the reason they do this is to insure the chicks stay warm, even though they put a heat pack in with them too, and that the longer they have to travel, the riskier it can be for them. I don't really have any one that lives near a major city that I could have pick the chicks up for me either. Has anyone ordered under the recommended limit and been ok with it? I will be ordering in June or July, so the weather will be warm. I definately don't want to put the chicks lives in jeopardy, so I won't order less than 8 if I shouldn't. I'm just wondering if it is really that much difference in 25mins? Thanks for any input!!