Well, I put it off trying to decide on breeds, being undecided on where and how to set up a brooder area, telling myself the coop and run are not ready, it is too cold to ship chicks, and on and on. But, late yesterday I took the plunge and ordered my chicks from Murray which means I have to do my brooder right away...because...THE CHICKS ARE IN THE MAIL!!! They will arrive on Monday or Tuesday (God forbid they arrive on Sunday). I hope they all survive the trip. I have coming: 5 Barred Plymouth Rocks 5 Partridge Plymouth Rocks 5 Blue Andalusians 5 Colombian Wyandottes 5 Silver Laced Wyandottes 1 Surprise Rare Breed (included for free) all pullets (90 percent guarantee on the sex) except the Rare Breed which may be male and since the weather is so cold they will probably toss in some so called Packing Peanuts (usually random cockerels) for added body heat. So I probably will end up with a Roo or two. That will actually be o.k. I will just have to figure out how to accommodate them all when they move out to the coop in a month or so. Back Yard Chickens has brought me this far and I have all sorts of ideas about what to do and how to do it. Now I just have to rely on reality and you all to get through this part of it. Pictures will follow.