Hi everyone . . . well, our babies at my child's classroom began hatching . . . first there were 2 little yellows and then 3 little blacks with some white areas. Apparently, the yellows (oldest 2) were picking on the blacks pretty badly, so the yellows moved to a different classroom for brooding. We had 3 eggs left in the incubator . . . 1 had some "gross blue stuff in it" (as I was told by the children) and the other 2 are still there--no pipping, etc. I don't know if they've checked them or if the teacher is just trying to leave them alone to give them a few more days. First eggs hatched on May 31st. From what I've been learning here on BYC, the last ones could take up to 5 days longer . . . at any rate . . . I just learned this afternoon that only the 3 black chicks will be available to our class, so they'll be divided amongst the 3 families who committed to adopting chicks . . . This means 1 chick per family. I'm an animal person--any animal I ever have, I try to learn about and understand their needs, their behaviors, etc. I don't feel good about having just 1 single chick. I don't even feel o.k. about having a single adult chicken when it grows up in a few months. I'd like to get one to three more to go with it, but is that safe? I know new animals should be quarantined before being put in with existing animals. Is it worth it? Or would it be better to go ahead and take the single chick home and wait until it's a few weeks older and then try to get others? Or is it best to offer this single chick to one of the other families and just get our own altogether? I apologize for rambling . . . I must say, I feel quite a lot as though I've just had an adoption of a child fall through. I haven't tried explaining it to my 7 year old yet because she is very excited to bring her baby home next week.