I apologize for all the posts but I'm trying to learn as much as possible as early as possible so figured I may as well ask everything. Anyways, I've been looking at various hatcheries and on here and I think I have a few in mind but am still unsure. Initially, I thought I liked Murray McMurray but now I'm not sure after hearing stories and how the people are nice but the birds are mean (don't know if that's true and I know all hatcheries will have horror stories) and they're kind of far anyways so I started looking at others. I know all hatcheries are probably basically about the same but I'd like to find a good one. I was initially unsure about Meyer but after hearing great things about them and Ideal, I'm now looking more into those two. One thing that I have heard a lot is that you should choose the hatchery closest to you but what I'm wondering is... what if none of them are too far from you? I went to each of the hatcheries I've seen mentioned a lot (Ideal, Meyer, Murray McMurray, Cackle, Dunlap), found their addresses, and entered them in Google Maps, directions to the nearest post office. What I concluded is that while some are obviously further than others, none of them are THAT far. Just went back and looked again and the results are: Ideal: 29 hours Murray McMurray: 21 hours Cackle Hatchery: 21 hours Dunlap: 40 hours Meyer: 11 1/2 hours So, as you can see, the main 3 are essentially the same distance, Dunlap is really far away, and Meyer is the closest, by a lot I suppose, but the others are all relatively the same distance. So in a case like that, does it really matter where I get them from? I would probably end up going with Meyer just because they're really close and I've heard a lot of good things (if I didn't, I'd go with a better one further away) but I guess my question is would it really make a lot of difference in my case? I'm hopefully also going to a poultry show in January but that's more to get breed info that buy anything, but another option is either a breeder or a good feed store (aka not just TSC, not that they're bad), which there are a few of fairly close. I guess I should also see if they do special orders or at least what they'll be getting. So I guess just.. 1. which of these do you think is the best, if any, or are they all relatively the same? 2. since the difference in distance is almost non-existent for most of them, will it really make much of a difference? and 3. Should I even go with a hatchery? Would a breeder or feed store be better? Thanks.