This is the first time i ordered chicks and i think i may have gone WAY overboard. I have space for 12-16 grown chickens in the coop, and currently have 43 very healthy chicks. I had been planning on a high mortality rate, but now that i've been reading posts, it sounds like when they are cared for diligently, most of them make it into adulthood. Anyone near the Finger Lakes Region/Rochester NY region interested in some free chickens/roosters in a month or so?? Let me know, because when they all grow up, i'm in big trouble as far as space is concerned!! We have a nice variety, including Ameraucana, buff cochin, buff orphington, mottled houdans, polish crested, and silver phoenix.