I have ordered some laying pullets, and am in the process of finishing off my coop and run for them. Being a rookie as a chicken owner I had a few questions. The feed store orders several hundred pullets in from a breeder to fill his orders. The birds are approx. 18 weeks old, and sex-links. The breeder is supposed to be gov't regulated, and has had the birds checked for, and/or inoculated for the common diseases. I really don't know what to expect when I go to pick them up. 1. Do you usually get to choose your chickens from the bunch or does the seller just go in and grab the number you ordered? 2. Do you get to inspect them before taking them home, and what should one look for in particular to know you are getting a healthy bird in the few minutes you may have? 3. When you get birds from a breeder that raises such large numbers, are they usually floor raised? I wondered if the birds usually need to be trained to use roosts, as I want to build a dropping box under roosts. 4. I have no idea if the birds are kept under artificial lighting at the breeders at this time of the year. If I want to lengthen the hours of light to get them laying, do I increase the light time gradually, or can should I start giving them 16 hours a day right away? In addition, should I wait till they are a bit older before before lengthening the light? I don't want to rush the laying cycle if they should be a bit more mature, but then I don't want them to moult, if such a thing is even possible for such young birds. 5. Should you need to de-louse them right away. I thought coming from such a large breeding facility they might very well already be infested, and don't want the coop infested right from the get go. 6. Do you keep the new birds in the coop for a couple of days before letting them in the run, so they know where their, bed, food and water is? 7. As the birds may be slightly traumatized from the handling and the moving homes, should I avoid them for a couple of days, other than making sure they have fresh water, so they can settle? If the answer to question 5 is yes, de-louse them right away, is this extra handling going to make them suffer more trauma unduly? Sorry about all the questions, but I want to do things the best I can, and hope that the forum members experience may settle some questions that I can't seem to find in any of the books I have read. Thanks!