I have the opportunity to get 14-18 month old Barred Rock hens; I had intended to buy chicks so we could bond, and be lovey and enjoy each others' company. If I get these older chickens, will this inhibit such a relationship? This is my first backyard chicken foray as an adult. As I child, we had a flock before my parents started an egg farm where 32,000 hens were inhumanely crammed into little cages - I will not eat commercially raised eggs because I know the poor life those chickens suffer. I would love the availability of home grown range run chicken eggs which would happen a full year earlier with these older hens. (My husband has reluctantly agreed to the escapade, oops, endeavor so having eggs quickly would help soften the blow.) And in a strange way, one of the reasons is I want happy chickens to make amends for my previous - but unwillingly committed - crimes. I have a run - coons, have ordered drink cups and an auto feeder and am building a coop. But I want my chickens to know me and feel close. Should I get chicks / pullets with the extended maturation time or can I hope to bond with mature girls?