Well, I'm crazy excited about Tractor Supply's upcoming chick days here in NC! I just had a few questions regarding their chicks. From the breeds I have seen they carry, I don't know what my store sells, so here is the list of breeds I was thinking: -Americana -Bantam Special -Black Australorp* -Blue Andalusian* -Buff Orbington -California White* -Cochins -Dominique* -Lakenvelder - Gold, Silver -Leghorns – Barred, Brown, Silver, White* -New Hampshire* (my cross is crossed with a new Hampshire and I think she would be happy ) -Sex Links – black, gold, red* -Speckled Sussex* I clearly cannot take all of these chickens, but the stared breeds are the highest layers. would it be ok if I got just one of each breed, resulting in 6 birds, or would it be mean to not have other birds their breed with them? I mean my Japanese bantam is the only jap in his coop of 5 birds.... OK now important questions.... 1) where does TS get their birds from? I was thinking from cackle hatchery, or my pet chickens......I don't know but would like to know where my chicks are coming from along with health quality. 2) I see dead chicks sometimes.......would this mean all other chicks are unhealthy too? 3) once out of the brooder, and they look to have now illness, can they go right in with my other flock? I mean, I don't want no disease destroying my flock of 17.... 4) are their birds relly disease free and cared for well? I see people pick them up by their feet.... 5) do they die once home? how well are they? and last but not least.... 6) what are you all's experiences with TS spring chicks? do you have a full grown flock? what breeds did you get from there and do you love? are they healthy? bad experiences with the health? Please tell me anything you think is important.....im just trying to make sure no mareks or flu leaks into my existing flock because of some chicks from TS.