Hi folks! I found this forum by accident this week. A friend and I went in on an order of chicks from a hatchery and it has been a mess. Lots and lots of DOA's and lots of what I would term "failure to thrive". So, I was on the search for smaller breeders who sold eggs from a higher quality stock and ran across this forum. The three breeds of chicken we are currently working on are: barnevelder, partridge cochin and barred rock bantam. Any suggestions? We do have one last replacement shipment from the hatchery coming tomorrow or Monday, but considering we only have 12 out of 50 some-odd chicks still alive, well, we are looking for alternative solutions. I bought an incubator this week and am getting ready to use it!