I differ a little from Ralph. I almost always hatch for my new layers in the fall. If you have access to electricity for your coop you can keep them warm, and there's almost always warm days at least off and on. The chicks depending on breed will be laying in the spring or late spring. If you can get some already started pullets that would be good as well. Just keep in mind that whatever you get isn't most likely going to give you many eggs this winter. It is a good time to buy some right now. I suggest never buying an adult hen though until you can learn the difference in age by looking at them.
Finished the new coop/run. Netting is up and smaller wire along the base of the fencing.. I'm moving the 5 week olds and their moms tonight after it is dark and the lights in the coop are off. I fixed the light timer in the new coop so that it won't come on until the door is open. Fingers crossed on the combining of the groups. Once the chicks don't need their moms anymore, the two broodies will probably go back to their original coop.
I'm hoping this goes well. I really want to get out of here for Denver early Wednesday morning.
Congrats on getting that done Sharol. Too bad you are leaving so soon after getting it all set up.
I got some netting hung around the pens I put up outside the building. DH has been working on the pop doors and managed to only get one installed. I hope the others go faster. I'm so tired. I still have a ton of things to get done but tomorrow I have to put my energy in the house. Seems my days just aren't long enough.