I've got about two months before I move into my new house complete with a nice coop. I've done a decent bit of basic reading from the local library, but it's time to go more in depth. While I want eggs, i'm really looking for glorified pets, so a variety of breeds and colors interests me. I haven't done a ton of research into where to buy chickens locally, since it's been so far in advance, but it seems like you generally get the option to buy x number of y breed of chicks. Being a first time chicken owner, i'm not sure that I feel comfortable taking on chicks first thing, and i'd rather have a variety. I realized the other day that the state fair will be coming through about the time i've gotten settled at the new place. In years past, i've wandered through and admired the chickens and seen some were for sale, but haven't paid much attention beyond that. I like the idea of being able to choose a specific breed, color and sex, but most of my reading has insinuated that adding new chickens to a flock is tough. I assume throwing together numerous unfamiliar hens would be just as crazy. Is this ever done? Is there a better way to go about what i'm hoping for? It would seem to me like show birds would be fairly healthy (compared to Joe Shmoe backyard seller) and well handled. Does that tend to be the case? Thanks for any and all help! I've obviously still got a lot of learning to do!