thanks for the advice, I actually bought one black australorp pullet today. Shipping is $80 and the hen itself is $30 so the price is quite hefty. I should be getting her early December. I hope this works out well! I've never bought started pullets before.Generally I’ve heard good things about started pullets. You get them and pretty soon they start to lay! And they are for sure girls. I don’t have first hand knowledge of cackles, but they are a well regarded hatchery.
the biggest issue is shipping cost. Are you planning to pick them up or have them shipped?