Hi, I am just getting started on my chicken journey.
I have a coop, am building a run and gathering supplies. Have been planning this for awhile, but now I find myself in a dilemma, and would appreciate advice.
I do not want chicks, planning to get pullets and start a small flock of 4 or 5.
I have one source who can sell me 19 wk old Golden Comets (not laying yet though). This is tempting because I like the breed and I would get eggs very quickly.
The other source has 6-8 week pullets available starting in June/July and one of the breeds is the Easter Egger, which was my top choice. They also have Buff Orpingtons and Light Brahma breeds (which I know aren't great layer, but I love the fluffy feet).
I really wanted variety in my little flock and, ideally, I wish I could get a couple of the Golden Comets now and then add a couple more (maybe 2 Easter Eggers and a Light Brahma) later so I could have eggs soon and variety... but I know that's risky from a pathogen standpoint. What would you do?
Any advice appreciated!
(also, the G.Comets have their beaks trimmed... is that something that should concern me?)