I have a chick order placed for January 3, I want to get them started early plus we'll need more girls to meet the house's egg demands. I have 7 birds where I selected the breed and 1 that is a Meal Maker (Meyer's Hatchery program) that we'll donate the eggs from. BUT that leaves me needing 8 more chicks to make the minimum for shipping. These are chicks we won't be keeping as our coop would be too crowded. I can't expand the coop this year because we don't yet own the land that it sits on. We will in another year but for now we're renting it. I do however have plenty of room for them to brood in and or stay till about 8 or 9 weeks. I just can't keep that many adult birds at this time. So would you?: I have an add on FB in our state's backyard poultry page and one on Craigslist asking if someone wanted to split an order but no answers yet. Right now I have it on the grab bag option but I can change it with just a phone call. This way I get the fun of identifying the breeds that come in and if we get any turkeys or meat birds in the mix we can keep those and just sell the normal chickens as they're identified. We've never butchered a chicken or turkey but have butchered a rabbit. I do realize January is early but our average temp then is 47 and this year we got them in June and of the six only one is laying so far.