OK, I think I have my breeds sorted out! Pretty standard although I wish I could get some dorkings............Want some wellsummers and Opa (I'm German so I believe everything he says!) said that estes hatchery has good ones. Thought I'd get everything from there but I will have a variety. Couple of questions for the experts: 1. Would like to get the chicks by April 15. I think this will give them time to lay by fall so they will hopefully lay through winter. YES or NO? 2. I would like to order a mixture of standards and bantams. More standards but some bantams, mostly sebrights. If they are all day olds, do you foresee problems as they grow? Big pick on little? Let them work it out? 3. I would like to choose one breed to focus on, but don't know which one yet. I want to have a variety, then choose the kind I love the best to raise seriously. Will the hatchery stock be representative enough of the different breeds to make that choice? 4. The chicken part of the chicken house is 122 square feet. I could order 25 and then sell the least favorites at the Kalona market in Iowa (IS THIS STILL GOING ON THIS YEAR??) Iowa people please respond!!!!!!!! Or I could order fewer chicks and pay the shipping penalty. What would you do? What is the cost of feeding them until they are able to be sold..(what age is this please) or would it be cheaper just to order fewer chicks?? The coop is done. the run is not. Lots of interior work left but it's smelling like spring here in Iowa! The fog today was great! I know, I know.......don't bum me out with the april snowstorm stuff!