So this March, I'm planning on getting a few babies from Murray McMurray. I'm planning on getting fifteen layers (before chicken math). Anyway, at this point in the year I will still be in school. The last time I raised chicks, was June of 2013 when I was off of school. Mainly, I'm concerned that the chicks will arrive in the mail while I'm at school. I am going to try to order them so they will arrive on a weekend. In your experience, is it common for an order to arrive a day or so early/late? Also, last time I raised chicks, I was able to check on them about every hour or so for their first week and a half of life. If I'm at school, I would check on them twice in the morning but they would have to survive on two checks in seven hours from my mom. After I'm home I'll have all the time in the world to dote on them. Do you think they'll be able to make it while I'm at school? I really want to start raising them earlier this year because last year they interfered with vacation and didn't start laying until December. Should I try to wait until summer or not?