I have been waffling about chickens this year versus next year for a while and have finally committed to chickens NOW. It will be 2-3 weeks before my coop and run are complete and I'm trying to track down a place to get my gals from, etc. while also making decisions on construction. I'm looking for help on the pros and cons of chick versus pullet.... here they are so far, let me know if there are others, or if I've gotten any of these wrong in your estimation. I've got my heart set on two Australorps and two either Wyandottes or Faverroles, depending on what I can find. Pros of Pullets -easier to find later in the year, as opposed to chicks who might be hard to locate in a few weeks -- which means I don't need to feel rushed to get everything ready (I have poor decision making skills when rushed... and spend too much money ) -already sexed -can go right into the coop Pros of Chicks -cute and fluffy -can get a variety and not worry about whether or not they will get along Additional thoughts, oh chicken gurus? And... if I do get chicks, should I get a spare in case one gets a flat (turns out to be a roo, dies, etc.)? I want to end up with 4 chickens.