Hello BYC! I've been lurking here for several months, and have only just made an account. I turn 30 on the 15th and this new hobby is my grown up birthday gift to myself. I live in Austin, TX and I am in the process of building a coop so I can start my flock. I want to get about 4 australorps when it's completed. I want chickens for the natural, cruelty-free, fresh eggs. When my coop is finished, I plan on ordering from mypetchicken. I plan on getting chicks because they are cheaper. About how long before they can go in the coop? And it's about a year before they start laying? One pretty important question that may affect the timing of ordering my chicks... I am going out of town for a weekend in April and a week in the end of May. Will chicks be OK unattended for the weekend? If I order soon, will they be in the coop by nearly June? Do I need to have someone check on them every day? Thanks in advance, I am so excited to get started and be a part of this wonderful community!