I have them on CL right now. Yes I paid for 5 and the rest are packed in for warmth.
Darn they are cute. I highly recommend Ideal Poultry.
I don't eat meat so I cannot raise them for meat but I am not opposed to someone else taking them to raise them for meat as long as they do it humanely. We shall see what transpires. I have had a few inquiries but from people who don't read the ad. Everyone wants to know how big are my chickens. Are they laying yet? The ad clearly states chicks.
Ideal does take small orders. They do have a minimum fee for small orders. With small orders you do have a better chance of getting packing peanuts. I love Ideal and the customer service you get from them.
Don't you have any schools in your area that would like to have classroom chicks to watch grow??? Not many teachers turn down a freebie -- just tell them they can do whatever they want, raffle them off, send them to a friendly farmer, whatever, when they finish with them...
That's a great idea! A friend of ours gave a chick to a classroom to borrow for a few weeks and all the other teachers loved it, so they've adopted him and passed him around class to class. He now has an outdoor playground all his own. About Christmas time, it will be 20 weeks and will find his way to the freezer and the school will get another chick. It's a win-win for everyone (although the kids won't be told about what happens to the first chick).