I am fairly new to this forum, and joined because I am having such a difficult time finding the breed that I want - hoping to fix that! Myself and a friend both want Blue Orpingtons - and along the search I discovered Lavender Orps and fell in love with those too! I used to have Buffs, and I loved them so I am looking to start another flock. My basic point of the thread is I have found it veery hard to hook up with a breeder to get chicks. Now you would think it's kind of a no-brainer: Breeder has chicks to sell, buyer has money to buy! (and let me assure you I am normal, polite and friendly) But I have a hard time getting responses, even from breeders posting that they have chicks for sale! I did buy 18 chicks locally - paid $8 a chick - I was willing to buy up to 30 and asked if they would give me a bit of a deal if I bought the entire hatch but that was ignored. I bought all of them, and they had more hatching the following week which I wanted to buy, but I was thereafter ignored by the breeder (who now is offering chicks for sale for LESS than what I paid) NICE. And mind you I originally wanted blues - I ended up with ONE blue out of eighteen, the rest are black splask or Lav. I don't really get it, as we had a nice visit when we picked up the chicks initially. It is puzzling - but what can one do other than move on? Anyhow, I used to be in the dog breeding world and the horse showing world and I know there are some stereotypes and quirky people in THOSE groups - I am wondering if there is some advice anyone can give me on what I can expect as normal when dealing with people in the chicken world. I was really hoping to stay with local breeders (CT-New England states) but at this point I am more willing to ship. I was bumming yesterday because someone outbid me on a blue orp auction here - I would prefer just to BUY them rather than deal with the stress of an auction. Any input on breeders here would be appreciated!