In scouting around for possible breeders/small home hatcheries to buy from, their site caught my eye because they offer all the breeds I'm interested in. They're also about 2 hrs. away from me, so I could run out and pick the birds up, rather than have them go through the stress of shipping (though I realize any move will be stressful, I want to make it as less stressful as I possibly can, if I can help it). I did a search on here about them and read on one thread that their BLRWs are mainly splashes and that one person had gotten a bird with an improper comb, then read on another thread that one person mentioned hatching out nine of the eggs sent and of the hatch, one chick had leg issues and didn't thrive, another ended up having feathers oddly growing in the direction of it's vent and had no tail to speak of and that the other chicks were healthy, but 2 of the Marans had mid toe feathering...another on that thread said that they found out their Wade Jean Marans were second hand and their Araucanas had no tufts out of all that were hatched out. Out of what I read on these threads, the chicks were mostly healthy and there were people who were quite pleased with the birds they'd gotten from them too. The cosmetic issues don't really concern me...I mean, I like the Araucanas that don't have the tufts...I just get a kick out of them being rumpless 'cause they kinda look like little balls, lol, and color or midtoe feathering doesn't really bother me, as, though I do want pretty birds, my birds are just going to be for pets and eggs. I was thinking about getting BLRWs and lavender Orpingtons from them, but I'm really more interested in their Amercaucanas, Araucanas, light Sussex, black or blue copper Marans and Olive Eggers. I can only get keep around 5 birds, so out of the breeds I finally choose, I'd have to either get their pullets or get extra chicks to be able to have enough to get pullets out of in a straight run (as I can only have pullets). Some of my concerns were addressed in the threads I read, but I'd like more info. if I can get it and there are some questions I have that the threads didn't provide answers to, so I figured I'd make my own thread and ask. My main concerns are the health, temperament and longevity of their birds. That and I'm wondering whether or not their pullets, if I decide to go the route of getting them instead of chicks, are well socialized with people. I mean, I don't want pullets that haven't been handled much 'cause friendly birds are important to me, as I have a child who is interested in helping mommy out with her chickens and will need birds that can be easily handled. I also have my daughter and husband who are enamored by egg color, lol! How dark are their Marans eggs and how good is the color of eggs in their Ameraucanas, Araucanas and Olive Eggers? I'd like to get a basket of blue, green and would like some decently dark eggs out of the Marans...where would their Marans eggs fall on the Marans scale? They state on their site that their light Sussex lay a pink colored egg...I realize that brown eggs can look pinkish, but I always thought they laid a regular brown egg? Any information, even if it's on breeds of theirs that I haven't mentioned and no matter how little one has to share, anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated. Sorry this is so long, I just want to make sure I do my homework well before I commit to buying from anyone. Thanks! Edit: I meant to say I can only keep around 5 birds.