In a couple of weeks, I should have my coop and run all finished. Then comes the really hard part... I am thinking I would like Buff Orpingtons, since I have read they are quiet and friendly. Next, what is the best age to buy? I am thinking like all creatures, the younger they are the better you are able to "bond" to them and they to you. (And maybe prevent some trauma in their lives that will make them be weird later in life.) My local feed store carries chicks all the time. Right now they have about 200 3 to 8 week chickens, and from what they say, until they sell some of these they will not be ordering anymore baby chicks. But, they say many times people come in and buy 70 to 100 birds at time, they just never know. I was thinking, getting an older chick would be better since they could go right away into the coop and run without having to do the whole brooder routine. But, then seeing how cute they are when they are "brand new".... So I am torn... then there is always the "no chickens in the house" remark my husband made a while back.... What are the pros and cons? I don't know enough, about having chickens to make a good decision. I want nice "people friendly" chickens. And it appears there is a very high mortality rate with baby chicks. To say nothing of my having to buy a brooder set up. Sorry to be such a pest... any help would be appreciated.