I figure its best to order them now so that by the time the coop is ready they will be old enough to be out in it before its too cold. I am planning on free ranging however I have no idea what the predator scene here is like, so for my first order I'm looking for inexpensive birds that wont crush me if I end up loosing (putting aside the known attatchments of course), and wait for next year to really get into the breed I want to work with. I am looking to get 10-15 prefered too. I am looking into some of Cackles assortments (I would like to get a mix of breeds), they have 15 heavy assorted on sale right now. Is there a better place to go with? Also I'm alone most of the time and may not be available to get to the post office to pick them up due to work, do the usually hold them for you or what? I will probably be ordering at the end of the day with everyones good graces here.