I'm just entering the world of chicken keeping. But I Already completely understand what chicken fever is and I even think I get the concept of chicken math. I'm about to enter a 3 generational chicken keeping lifestyle. I live on a family 'compound' and my mom and I have wanted to keep chickens for years, but have been barred by the other family members' disdain and prohibition. It was my son's introduction to chickens and subsequent excitement (and the prospect of spring coming after a very, very long winter) that I finally bit the bullet and ordered chicks. A good friend and chicken keeper in Westport, who is also a sufferer of chicken fever, recommended MyPetChicken.com and that's where my son and I went and got totally hooked by. We ordered a sampler of attractive and recommended breeds, six to start, but we already have a wish list that's 10 breeds long. We're going to start with six. If we are successful and responsible chicken owners we will expand next year. I might reconsider the sourcing next time, based on lots I've read since then. I'll just cross my fingers and hope we get lucky. My friend has used them without issue a few times. A few words about my son - We spend bedtime looking at BYC or googling breeds instead of reading stories. It's a sweet new ritual. We made up board with photos of the breeds we are getting and labeled them and a board of corresponding photos of what they look like as chicks. Designing a coop and run is what distracts me most of all. I want to build it as inexpensively as possible, but be big enough for expansion and very predator proof (we have everything coming through our yard.) I've been using BYC a lot - it is extremely helpful and entertaining. I'm sure I will post as I get the coop designed and built. I intend to be very proud of my handiwork. (Alas, no husband.) The breeds we selected for the 1st 'go round are Barred Rock, Black Jersey Giant, Easter Egger, Gold Laced Wyandotte, Red Star and Silver Spangled Hamburg. And despite my trying to prevent it, they all already have names. gulp. The journey begins in the middle of May. The day of arrival will be extremely exciting.