I met someone at our local animal swap on Saturday. I am ready for my first chicks...ever! I am so exited! I contacted a hatchery about 3 hours from here as I would like to have 4 standard Brahma hens. they only deal with one color too. They cannot ship until two weeks from now and it was rather expensive for shipping. I called the guy from the animal swap and he said he had two week old buffs. I was hesitant, because I wanted to raise them from a day or so old so I would "imprint" on them! Anyway, I called again today and he told me he would have a bunch tomorrow two days old! I was exited! I asked him what color they were (I prefer buff, but I would also like the other colors too.) He asked me what colors because he had them all. I said one of each! He said he got the chicks from the hatchery and he has some guy picking up 200! I was like okay...anyway, he said he contracts with a hatchery and he is like the "middle man." When I saw him at the swap, his chickens were dirty and some had been pecked like crazy which is probably normal in that situation? I don't know why my gut is telling me not to trust so soon; that I am too eager in this situation. Should I trust myself, or trust him and go with more of an "expert" unlike me? I don't want to end up with something other than a Brahma! Although they would get just as much love from me.... I researched and I know what I want! What is your opinion? These are my first chicks and I don't want to screw up!