First off, this site and forum are a huge help and I am sure I will be using it for a long time. Thanks for all your content! This is my first post and I do not even own chickens nor have I started my coop yet. All in due time! Here is the quick background in case you can offer me any advice. I would really appreciate any help. I live in SW Florida and want to own chickens to lay eggs. Am still working out which breed to go with. I have a 2 year old son and a 3 year old son and I want them to enjoy the chickens. I also want my wife to enjoy them but I have a feeling it will take her a longer time to warm up to them. God love her for even being on board with the chickens. I would rather buy 4-5 laying hens once my coop is built so that we can start collecting eggs right away. My wife thinks that the boys will be much more into the chickens if they help raise them and see them grow. Makes sense to me. What are the pros and cons between buying the full grown hens compared to chicks? What breeds will start laying eggs the fastest if I do get them as chicks? Once again I have never owned or raised a chicken which is why I am leery of buying chicks. Thanks for all your help!