One thing to remember is that hatchery birds will stop laying eggs sooner and often have other health problems. You can find very nice quality local chickens from breeders--You will have a harder time getting them now though because of the time of year. Breeding has a season with chickens.
If you want something local and nice, get on a list now for next spring.
Edited by ronott1 - 9/24/15 at 6:50pm