Hello everyone! My name is Kelsey and I live in a somewhat rural area of western Maryland. I own about 1 acre of land, in a fairly agricultural area of my town, and have been contemplating chickens for several years. I live with my husband and 5 year old daughter, however my parents live close by as well. My father and I have been working a large garden for about 6 years on my property and we've decided to go in on a chicken venture together to pool work and funds. We're still shopping for a coop and looking at our options. We recently went to a class about raising happy chickens at a local farm store. We had our first lesson in the process and learned that we'll have to keep baby chicks warm indoors for several months before placing them outside. My dad is a little hesitant about this since they will probably be at his home for that time due to lack of space at mine. Does anyone have experience purchasing older chickens? He's researching buying 18-20 week old chicks, but I worry about how acclimated those chicks will be to people, being handled, etc. I really look forward to learning as much as I can from everyone and getting started with my own flock of backyard chicks!