So we've "broke ground" on our coop, technically speaking (we have a platform on legs that will become the floor, tomorrow we hope to break ground literally and start digging post holes for the coop) and our little "chicken project" is going along quite nicely. We don't plan on getting any birds until the end of June, since we will be going out of town for several days towards the end of June and we don't want to have to try to find someone to watch the chickens for us while we are gone. But now we are at the point where we are trying to decide whether to order day old sexed chicks from a hatchery or buy older chicks from a "local" breeder. We are looking for a variety of breeds for a colorful egg basket and are currently not looking to keep a rooster (we live in town with fairly close neighbors who may not appreciate crowing). We have absolutely no interest in breeding or showing, but since we are planning on keeping a small flock (5-6 hens or so) we would like them to be friendly, calm, quiet birds. As far as I can tell, the cost of ordering a small number of chicks from a hatchery (right now we are looking at MyPetChicken) is going to be roughly the same as driving the distance to several breeders (because of course no one breeder in a 2-3 hour radius seems to have all of the breeds we're interested in right now and we're thinking of getting one of these, and one of those, and ooohh one of those!). I do have a slight hang up with ordering mass-produced live animals from a commercial breeder, but at least I can live with MyPetChicken's policies regarding extra roos and shipping of live chicks. And I'm not sure that once we actually do get the coop up and standing that I can be patient enough to wait for a local breeder to have pullets available since it seems likely most of them will be holding onto their chicks that they are growing out until this fall before making a decision on which ones to keep and which ones to cull. So my question is, does it make a difference in sociability/socialization/friendliness of adult chickens if you get them as day old chicks vs getting them as older chicks and "taming" them if need be? Given that all of the other considerations on which to go with seem to pretty much cancel each other out, I suspect this may be the deciding factor in which we get. I know that a lot of people seem to want only puppies or kittens because of the misconception that they will not bond with you and your family as well as an older puppy/kitten, adolescent, or adult dog/cat. I also know that in the case of cats and dogs it is totally untrue. My first thought would be that if we got chicks as day olds and we were the ones caring for them, handling them, etc that they would be more used to us and therefore more friendly with us than if we got them at a few months old and had to get them used to the idea that we weren't going to hurt them. But having never had chickens before, I have no idea if that assumption is accurate, or if it is just as false as it would be if we were talking about dogs or cats. Edited so that the post title more accurately reflects the actual question.