First off we are ordering around 250 chicks from Ideal in 2012 I am curious how many do they normally put in each box in large orders? if anyone knows please let me know ty. Second this is going to be my very first time ordering on line or having any chicks shipped to me. Should I go to the post office first and let them know I will be doing this? Or Wait till after I have ordered them? I have raised my own chickens but mine have stopped laying so I am going to refresh my flock and retire the old flock. We had a great hatching time last year and now I guess some of the girls have gotten old on me. Many of that I hatched I sold , and I only have maybe 5 left from all I hatched. A lot of the hens were given to me already at laying age but I never asked how old they were which was ok basically they were my practice chickens to get started and see if I would like to be in the chicken business. I am hooked, and I am addicted lol But now I would like to try some different breeds and some of the ones I have already had. I don't know if I should wait till Feb or March as you can see I am in Texas Feb is our coldest season. Thanks for any help!