Hi everyone. It looks like there are a lot of new members here as well as a huge community base, and I'm looking forward to learning A LOT. I'm self educating myself this winter in hopes of starting a small spring (hen only) flock with enthusiastic help from my 11-year old son. The primary purpose of these chickens will be for pets / eggs. We love our animals. At this juncture, I'm planning on finding starter pullets, rather than raising chicks. This is due to our usually busy spring schedule with kids in sports. However, I welcome any feedback and advice from others based on their past experience(s) with chicks vs. pullets. The breeds I'm inclined to start with to date include Barred Rocks, Orpingtons, Australorps &/or Americaunas. Looking for cold-weather hardy, friendly disposition birds that are not overly broody. I'm really hopeful that I'll be able to hook up with someone reputable in my area that is willing to sell me some starter hens in the spring. Happy New Year to all, and thanks in advance for info you'd like to share. "TOB"