I am new to BYC, but I have read the forums for years. I've wanted to keep backyard chickens for almost a decade; since I worked on an urban farm in Columbia, SC, and enjoyed helping care for the RIRs there. Now, my husband and I are finally at a point where we can have our own backyard chickens. To get to the point - I am traveling to Northeast Ohio for Christmas, and I realized that the Meyer Hatchery is not far out of my way. I figured it might be better for me to pick up chicks directly from them, instead of purchasing online and shipping, or purchasing from a farm store, since they all probably come from Meyer anyways. I am looking for advice for the 9 hour drive back to South Carolina after I pick them up. Do I need to find a way to plug in a heating pad or will they be ok covered with some blankets? Or is driving them 9 hours back home with me a terrible idea? I appreciate any advice!