I've never raised chickens, but it has been something I'm very interested in. Last year I wrote letters to my city council to encourage them to allow chickens to be raised in city limits and if everything goes well, at the end of this month, they will pass the ordinance. So now I'm trying to learn everything I can so I hit the ground running. I'm interested in raising chickens for the eggs, but with four kids, I also need them to be fairly docile, so I think I've narrowed my choices to Rhode Island Red and/or Barred Plymouth Rock. My next step is to start working on a coop. My main question is when do I purchase the chicks? Cal-Ranch, my local farm store, says they don't get chicks in until around Easter because it is so cold here in Utah, but I don't know if I can wait that long. Should I be patient, or can I really get them earlier and start right away?