New here. And to chickens in general. I have other animals but new to chickens. I am having a dilemma. I don't really want to raise chicks because I hear it's hard and time consuming. I really wanted to buy older chickens (like 18-20weeks) so that I can just get them and they are ready to lay soon. We are wanting 12 or 16 chickens just for our own needs. we eat TONS of eggs and there are 6 of us in our family. The problem is, I can't find any chickens that are the right age & breed so I guess I will have to go the chick route to get the breeds I want. So how hard/time consuming IS IT to raise chicks?? What other special equipment would I need as opposed to just getting them almost laying?? Heat lamp, waterer, feeder, what else? I just don't have much $ to spend of buying special equip that I'll use once or twice for chicks. What's your advice on raising chicks and how much time do you spend w/them everyday?? I'm in WI if there are any hatcheries you would recommend~ Thanks much!!