I am getting ready to start my first backyard flock. I have been looking into having chicks shipped from some hatcheries and also thinking about purchasing from a local store like Tractor Supply or CAL Ranch. I would like a variety of layers, but am not sure how to choose a purchasing method. Any advice on the best way to purchase? I have also thought about purchasing a surprise box from Cackle Hatchery, but am thinking this might be a huge amount of poultry to start with any suggestions?