The last time I had chickens was 40 years ago. With egg prices going up here in California, decided to get back into it. The past couple of weeks have been a roller-coaster: Austrolorps or RIR? or While Leghorns? or Barred Plymouth Rocks? Oh the decisions! Finally decided on RIR. Our local feed store had a shipment of them in last week, and ran out before I could make it there. They were supposed to get another shipment this week, but it was delayed so won't be in until MOnday (yikes!). I wanted to support the local store, but decided to check with TSC, which just opened up a few months ago. They had RIR pullets! And only 9 left. They are 3 days so at least they had a couple of days to recover from being shipped. I checked the chicks out and only employees are allowed close to them; the store personnel seemed knowledgeable and helpful, chicks seemed healthy. So I went my happy way with 6 chicks. I tend to be a bit leary of chain stores, but had a very positive experience at my local TSC. I also noticed that their layer feed wasn't Purina, but Dumor, or something like that, and a few $$ less per 50 lb. So I'll be going back.