I think I just lost my mind when it comes to these chickens. I've wanted "EEs" or Ameraucanas or Araucanas since I was 4 years old. My parents had chickens for a while and it was always fun to collect eggs and see what I got. I even remember going to an easter egg hunt and bragging that I didn't have to dye my eggs! Everybody had to come to my house and see the chickens before they beleived us, then of course I was the coolest kid because I got to eat pink eggs for breakfast, or green, or blue... etc... I've had *very* bad luck with straight run chicks that I've gotten from local breeders. I got 20 chicks... and 4 hens. So, needless to say... I've given up on that route! (not that the breeders were bad, they were great... just my luck of ratio!) I have been keeping an eye out in various places for a hen and even posted a few ads saying I wanted one and was willing to pay a decent price. I never got any answers! Nothing! Well, patience isn't my best feature and last night I posted an ad on craigslist "Wanted Ameraucanas or Araucanas $40.00". Needless to say, (thankfully) my inbox is filled with people that won't mind selling one for that much. I don't plan on making money with the eggs - just so that my kids can see 'em and enjoy gathering them like I did when I was little. I would like honest opinions about how far off the deep end I've gone with this (or anyone that is swimming down here with me!). Really, how much would you be willing to pay for a chicken that you want to have - even if you know it is not "worth" that much? Oh, I forgot to mention.... people that know me call me a tightwad. I will haggle over rotten veggies at the farmers market. This is why I know I've lost it.