I am so excited! I have been missing the fun of having my own backyard flock! So I decided to bug my boyfriend and my roommates till they gave in! I am ordering from Murray Mcmurray for the first time in good hopes that all will be well. I am ordering a mixed variety of chicks, because I want a colorful flock. I have 25-27 decided on with a free rare or exotic chick as well that will be delivered the week of April 1st. Getting my chicks vaccinated for both Marek's and Coccidiosis, so non-medicated chick starter is a must for me. I was wondering if my chicks would be fine in two large sized wire dog kennels till they are 6-8 weeks old and ready to go outside. I had raised 15 or so in a small tub before so I was just curious if this would be fine as well. I was going to order the starter kit, buuuut we have a cat and I don't know if he would hop in there with them or not. I am going to be getting baby feeders and waters for them, just because I don't want to crowd them out with an adult one, and the wire will make it easy to put up roosting poles for them. On my list are going to be Black Giant(cockerel and pullet), Buff Orpington(pullet), Columbian Wyandotte(pullet), Light Brahma(pullet), The Pearl-White Leghorns(two Pullets), Rhode Island Red(pullet), Red Star(pullet), Black Star(pullet), New Hampshire Red(pullet), Single Comb Brown Leghorn(pullet), Black Minorca(pullet),Blue Andalusian(pullet), their EE's(5 pullets), Salmon Faverolles(3 pullets),Cuckoo Maran(pullet), Egyptian Fayoumis (2 pullets), and a Lakenvelder(pullet). Anyone have any experience with these birds also? Could you put some pics up of your birds? I also know that more likely than not my free chick will be a rooster, but I will wait and see, maybe I will get lucky and get a pullet. =) I am going to be gathering up all my chick supplies soon, as well as vaseline and baby powder to help prevent those pasty butts!