Newbie from northern Massachusetts here with my coop on order and expecting my first chicks in early April! We've been planning to keep chickens for years, and I'm so excited everything finally fell into place! I am expecting to have RI Reds, NH reds, Buff Orbingtons, Speckled Sussex, Barred Plymouth Rocks, and White Cochin. I ordered a 4x8 coop and will have a 16x40 run with 8x16 of it covered so I can fit all 15 I have on order, but my friend asked if we could split as she'd love to start out with about a half dozen. This is tempting as there are already some other breeds I know I'd love to have someday and starting with around 8 or 9 this year will give me room to grow down the road. My questions is this. How early do their personalities show? I'd love to take my pick of the littler so to speak and am happy to raise them all until I get a good feel for which ones we have bonded with the most. Having 4 children myself I'm sure the kids will have their favorites too. My friend is fine with taking them at any stage from day old to pullet but she obviously needs to prepare if she will be brooding hers. This website has been such a wonderful resource, I'm so glad I found it!