After a recent discussion with a friend with a fair amount of chicken experience, we changed our mind and deciding to try our hand at baby chicks instead of trying to find older pullets (e.g. 17-20 weeks of age). After doing some research online at different hatcheries, we opted to order the 'Ornamental Layers' collection at McMurray's (15 chicks). 15 is more than we need but I figure that gives us a cushion and we can always re-home down the road as needed. They'll be delivered the week of Apr 4, just a couple of weeks away.
Then, today, my daughter and I stopped by our local Tractor Supply Company to start to pick up supplies and I realized (with some embarrassment) that they had a lot of female chicks, and that they would continue to restock weekly through the end of April. She wasn't sure what breeds would be coming in.
I suspect I can still cancel my McMurray's order if I want to. Obviously those chickens will be a more interesting combination, and they will arrive pre-vaccinated, etc. But I do feel a bit foolish having realized that I could have saved quite a bit of $ by just buying 6-8 chicks from TSC (more limited breeds though).
Anyone care to try to sway me in one direction or another?