New to BYC here and looking forward to brooding chicks and building our backyard coop this spring (as soon as the snow melts and the ground thaws!). I have ordered 3 female chicks (plus a Meal Maker) from Meyers. I was hoping to find a hatchery closer to home here in Iowa so that I wouldn't have to order the chicks in the mail, but I was not able to find anyplace that carries the breeds that I was looking for AND would let me do a small pickup order. Apparently, Murray McMurray has a minimum pickup of 10, even though I live so close by, which is really too bad - I think it would be much easier on the chicks to drive for an hour in a warm car than be shipped over a couple of days in who-knows-what conditions. I have ordered a Dominique, a Delaware, and a Barnevelder from Meyer's. Fingers crossed that they arrive safe and healthy on April 7th or 8th... Perhaps I should consider ordering some assorted hatching eggs from Meyer's... has anyone else ordered hatching eggs from them with good results?