After waiting a whole year from when I decided last year I wanted chickens, I finally placed my order. I chose to order from Ideal. I was going to order from My Pet Chicken, but they haven't activated ordering. Last year I waited and waited and didn't end up being able to get the chicks I wanted. I have a small order, so I purchased the insurance to avoid extra males. I hope they will be okay and all make it. I know that I could lose some, so I am mentally preparing myself for the possibility and have told my 9 yo dd that it might happen. Hopefully, it won't. They said the ship date will be March 11. I ordered all pullets- 2 black Australorps 3 barred Plymouth Rocks 2 Buff Orpingtons 2 EE's I am nervous now. But, I am also happy and excited. Now to finish buying the stuff I need like a light, pine shavings, a waterer, feeder and feed.