We were going to start with pullets but can't find any locally (in a variety that we want). I found a source for some chicks. We decided to go for it and raise them from fluff balls. I have been reading a lot about how to do it. One thing I read that worries me a bit is that someone should always be home with them. Is this really true? My wife and I both work. Her schedule is consistent 8-4:40. Mine is retail and changes. Most days someone is home but their are days when nobody is home for 7 or 8 hours. Oh, and we have a crafts fair this weekend that will keep us out from 8:30am - 6pm one day. We plan on using the heating pad cave set up for warmth so there won't be a heat lamp to worry about. The place where we are getting them will raise them for a month for us (for a fee) if we want but we thought it would be nice to get them as chicks. Should we not consider chicks if we can not be home constantly? Thanks I forgot to say, we are looking to get five chicks.