And now finally I have ordered 32 chicks from McM to arrive the week of the 6th! I have done more homework, research and trench volunteerism, and now FINALLY my dream of settling on to our homestead and growing a future is coming true! I have lurked here for years AND LEARNED SO MUCH but never had anything to add or ask, really, but ...pardon me while I do a little dance and revel in the thrill of anticipation of my first few eggs...maybe by Labor Day!!! ***FOR YOU BUNGED UP NETIQUETTE STICKLERS >>> I HAVE A "CAPS STUTTER" AND I USE THEM WITH IMPUNITY BECAUSE I HATE STOPPING TO "ITALICIZE" SO KINDA.....GET OVER YOURSELVES*** There is no such thing as YELLING the written word. How absurd.