Hi! I am brand new to all things chickens and have been spending hours researching breeds and coops and hatcheries. Our coop is almost finished (hooray!!) and I have almost everything for a brooder, I think. So, I've been trying to figure out who to order chicks from. We live in Western Washington in a rural community. I have two girls, ages 6 and 9, so I have narrowed down egg laying breeds that are friendly. At this point, we are planning of having chickens for eggs & enjoyment, but not planning on showing them. However, I won't rule that out as something girls may gain interest in after a bit. I understand from reading lots of threads here at BYC that hatcheries aren't ideal, but I don't know how to go about finding breeders that are trustworthy and local. I feel like it may be easier to get birds from a reputable hatchery so I have a better chance of getting disease free birds. I'd love to buy from someone/somewhere that treats their stock well, where the birds are heritage bred and have not been artificially inseminated. I'd love to buy from somewhere that has a little higher quality birds. I can't afford Greenfire farm's prices, but I don't mind spending a little more than standard hatchery prices to get a better quality. If one of the bigger hatcheries fits this description, I'd be interested in buying from them. I haven't decided yet if I'd like a flock of all one breed or an assortment. The breeds I am most interested in are: Speckled Sussex Silver Laced Wyandotte Barred Plymouth Rock Brahma Buff Orpington. If you have any input, I would be so grateful if you'd share with me! Thank you!!!