Placing orders for "specific" breeds of chickens has been a tough venture exploring whats available through hatcheries this season. It is only mid February and I am finding that most of their stock is sold out or already spoken for this season. Take the Orpington for example, there are multiple color options such as blue, lavender, golden laced, and many more other than buff, black, and white. I know some are rarer (and expensive also) than others and on a limited supply if any, but to be sold out for the season already and just plain not available kind of put the brakes on my ambitions. Last year I was forced to take some breeds as left overs for the same reasons. All last season I had my hopes up of purchasing birds early this year to obtain the breeds I wanted and I find I'm blown out of the water again! Very frustrating. Out of state hatcheries other than my state are just as much saddled with heavy orders and sold out or limited as well. I would really like to get some info on blue, lavender, golden laced or even speckled orps at a reasonable price. Any tips on where to find them would be helpful. No eggs please!