I had ordered 25 cuckoo marans from McMurray a few weeks ago and was patiently waiting for them to come this past Monday (they did and are fine!) but last Friday I get an e-mail form the feed store - they have chicks, chicks, and more chicks! What do they expect a girl to do when she is confronted with such a tempting offer? So I went and bought 12! 4 Ameracaunas 3 Buff Orphingtons 2 Black Australorps (I got an extra Ameracauna by mistake, but oh well those guys are adorable!) 3 Silver Laced Wyandottes I did lose 2 marans since they arrived on Monday - 1 during shipping and 1 this morning but all in all 2 losses out of 27 is pretty good, besides, that makes up for the free rare chick (which I think was a maran anyway) and the extra they threw in. So now I have 37 little chickie-poos running around in my barn! YAY! All the feed store guys are below in the temporary brooder I made as I was waiting for the others to come: This is my barn brooder after I cleaned it up - was soooo gross from last year's goslings and ducklings! And tada! All the little boogers running around like crazy! It has been FREEZING here overnight (of course, only after I order chicks) and I had to put three heat lamps in the brooder and lower them a bit - but all those little guys have survived 10 degrees F overnight all week. The brooder seems to be working well at keeping the heat in, so I am thankful. I can most definately see between 3-5 maran roosters - but we'll have to wait and see. They were st. run.