I am a Newby to this site and this is my first post so I may make some errors. I have just finished my backyard chicken house and sent for some chicks but I live a long way from where they were shipped and half were DOA by noon of the 20 that were shipped I was left with 5. I do not imagine I need to express how sad my wife and I were yesterday. It seems that people on this site use fertile eggs for shipping and home incubation particularly in trades among other bloggers. If I am wrong correct me. We would like to have some chickens for our new house so I need to decide on how to accomplish this without going through the dead chick thing ever again. I have a small yard and was planning to keep 6 Bantam hens. I had settled on 2 Silver Seabrights, 2 Gold Seabrights, and 2 Bar Rocks.If someone can point me in the right direction to accomplish this I would be most appreciative. I live just east of Bandon, Oregon which may have some distance concerns.