So I'm ordering chicks. The hatchery 10 minutes up the road decided to have hatches year round. So, since I can't find any laying hens on here, CL, or other venues, I've decided on chicks. It's been awhile since I raised babies, help with the check list? Brooder box (check, big wooden box with screen lid) Lighting/heat - need to buy Feed - need to buy thermometer - have one some where.... food dish - check water dish - need to buy bedding - have paper, need shavings for later in life. Does that about cover it? Seems the only breeds left are RIR, Buff Orps, Golden Comets, Barred Rock, and Americana. They have the "create your own" as sold out. Not sure if I can create a mix from what's left, or if I need to settle on 15 of one or another. At this point, I'm not picky as long as eggs come out at some point. Which of those breeds do you all think will lay the soonest? I'm a Bantam person, this is the first time I've sought out Egg Layers for that purpose. And if anyone is remotely near Cincinnati, Ohio, I will take some hens off your hands!