When my wife and I first started talking about raising chickens in November we were thinking about raising about 6 hens. As I did more research about breeds and as we talked about it more the number gradually grew to plans for 15 hens. We have them on order at a couple of local local feed stores. We picked up 2 of them last Friday. There was a little change in our plans yesterday. There was a sale ad insert in the newspaper a few days ago from a local feed store. Unfortunately I happened to see it and one the sale items was "buy 25lbs or more of chick starter feed and get 5 free chicks." AND I needed to buy more feed. The promotion was while 500 chicks per store lasted. I got up bright and early yesterday and headed to the store. I got there a little more than 1 hour before they opened in case there was a line. I was first in line! Well... That means that 5 additional chicks were heading home with me. Now it looks like we will have 18 - 20 hens. Oops... What happened to 6??? The 5 chicks were a random assortment. The employees got there 30 minutes before the store opened and pre-filled many boxes with 5 different chicks. I excitedly opened my box to see what I got. I was disappointed that I did not get a Speckled Sussex or Gold Laced Wyandotte. I asked if I could trade for one of each. They hesitated from a moment and then said I could trade 1. I was able to trade a gold chick (maybe a sex link) for a Speckled Sussex. I guess I should have asked some of the other people around me to trade for a Gold Laced Wyandotte. I thought of it after I got home. Oh well, I have one coming this Wednesday. The 5 chicks I ended up with are: Speckled Sussex, Barred Rock, Rhode Island Red, White Leghorn, and I think an Araucana. I was not planning on raising either Rhode Island Red or White Leghorn but they will give us more diversity. And I would not mind a few white eggs (from the Leghorn). Here are photos of the chicks I currently have. They are all supposed to be pullets. They are about 1 week old. Speckled Sussex https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/19676_speckled_sussex_1.jpg White Leghorn https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/19676_white_leghorn.jpg Barred Rock https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/19676_barred_rock_1.jpg Black Australop #1 https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/19676_black_australop_1.jpg Black Australop #2 https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/19676_black_australop_2.jpg Araucana (EE) (???) Please let me know if you think this is something else. It has an interesting color break. It is 1/2 red. https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/19676_araucana_1.jpg Rhode Island Red https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/19676_rhode_island_red.jpg Now I am anxiously awaiting the additional 13 chicks that are coming on Wednesday at two different feed stores. Hopefully 8 + 5 will = 13 and no others end up in our boxes..