That's why I'm starting out with only 5 layers. And boy did I have to pay more to get only 5. I ordered the City-Town Pullet Special 5 - Order any 5 pullet chicks of one breed of offered pullets in our catalog for $41.00. I could of ordered 25 of them for $43.00, but hubby would have a heart attack. They say that the higher cost for these 5 are because special shipping requirements are needed to ship small amount of birds. There is a higher cost associated with properly shipping/packing handling a SMALL amount of chicks to arrive safely to your post office. A number of measures may be used such as a heating pad, extra nesting or padding, special box or boxes, or any special shipping arrangements. It also includes the Mareks Vaccination. Marek's Disease is caused by a virus in the Herpes family, and as such..cannot be cured. Recovery is not impossible, but not likely.