Ok, now that I have my coop all set up, and I've been reading many great things on BYCs, I'm most anxious to purchase my first chicks. I'm in Texas, and seems breeders are more to the north for the German line New Hampshires .... soooooooo, when do most breeders start shipping chicks to buyers? I'm assuming the weather has to be just right (warm spring possibly)? Today, here in Texas it's another sunny, warm day, so while chicks would do great (of course with the heat lamp I've installed) here, it's the shipping them to me that makes me think I will be waiting a long time before I get my first batch of chicks. What are all the various ways of shipping chicks? USPS, UPS, chick-delivery people (I know ... sounds odd, but I have horses, so I think in terms of shipping using equine transport) ... don't guess there's a chicken-transport company out there is there??!!! : ) BTW, I love this website and its forum ... so much great info, that I've started a small notebook with all the great ideas for my chicks (really liked the apple cider vinegar in the water idea .... as we put acv in our horse troughs, and I never have a sick horse!) Oh, and before I forget ... Merry Christmas everyone!