So after I dropped MadMax off at school, I was headed to the post office to pick up the newest residents at our place, three Rhode Island Reds and three Buff Orpingtons.
It turns out that pullets are actually shipped in small-ish boxes-- two per box, and the three boxes were taped together-- so I could pick up the whole thing with little problem. It fit in the back of Dean's pickup with room to spare to put the lid down, so I didn't look any tackier than I usually do when driving the truck.
And we now have six beautiful pullets. They are surprisingly healthy looking, since they just spent two days in a box.
So here they are, upon arrival:
They were thirsty! (sorry I didn't manage to get all six of them in one shot, but they're active little things.) We'll see how it goes. Wish us luck, and advice WELCOME. We are complete neophytes.