I have put 12 baby chicks in my cart at Ideal. I am SW of Austin, so if Ideal ships to me I can get them quickly (I'd drive, but we have a puppy and 2 hours to and 2 hours back is a bit much for him to be alone). My first question is...I had been thinking of only 8 chickens in total. But after reading this site it seems at least one or two, or very sadly, more, die when still babies. Hence the 12 instead of 8. Is this overkill? Should I just order 8 or 10? Since I am going with Ideal, I was unsure as to vaccinations. They don't recommend for small flocks. Is my flock small? I don't know! I don't have any other fowl. I've read the page on Mareks and what can happen, but again, Ideal doesn't recommend for a small flock. What does everyone else do who are purchasing just a few? I have put RIR, BR, SW, BO, BA and surprise! pullets in my little chick cart, 2 of each. I'm just so excited about the idea of having a rainbow of chickens! My coop is going to be 8x12, delivered this weekend, so I should be ok on space. I'm sure this is not news to anyone here, but I don't even have these chicks yet, but I am so excited I'm telling everyone about my future chickens including my hairstylist today who already wants to buy some eggs!