Hi everyone! I have been lurking on this site learning as much as I can in preparation for our family bringing home our first little chicklets. I have read a lot about sick chicks, which has me worried about what our chances are of bringing home three chicks and ending up with three healthy hens. We have a reputable hatchery, so I am not concerned about the initial health of the chicks. Can someone walk me through what kind of chick mortality rate is common? Should we expect to lose one, or is that more the exception than the rule? Ultimately, we want three hens. Do we start with three chick? Five chicks? And more importantly, how wide eyed do we need to be about the possibility of losing one (or more) on our first go-round? I would sure appreciate the help. I should probably note that I am a suburban wife and Mom with absolutely no experience raising food source animals. Husband, also a city slicker. One 14-year old daughter. We need your help!