The problem is more than just a $3.50 chick that turns out to be a roo...especially if you end up with a couple or even more. now that i live in town i am limited not only to hens but also not too many chickens. So if you only order a few for a backyard flock and 1 or 2 end up being roos, you cant always order another minimum quantity for limitation reasons. And the refund, if you can get it from MPC (which I couldnt), is just a pittance compared to what you spent on shipping, feed until MPC (not you) decides its a cockerel, electricity for brooder lights, shavings, chick grit, water, any treats you give, etc. after my last batch i decided no more chicks. I am now buying juvenile pullets. They are cheap from reputable breeders i have found on craigs list. About $15 ea for four beautiful 6-10 wk old sussex, blue copper marans, welsummer. I have found point of lay pullets for the same price or even cheaper. I may have to drive a bit, and im not too far from a big metro area, but it is so worth it! Luckily i found a mother/daughter breeder in lawrence, ks who has beautiful birds and a large variety of breeds who cater to the backyard chicken community.