I have decided that I want to raise chickens. I am only interested in laying hens. I am reading everything I can find and of course trying to learn everything from BYC as well. I do not have any coop or structures which can be converted into a coop. DH and I are totally starting from scratch. I have found that Meyer Hatchery is just about 20 miles away, so I can run over there and get some at any time. So, here is my question. Would it be better to read and really plan for everything and start in the spring with chicks, or should we just jump in and try it out with some chicks later this month? Are there any benefits to starting with chicks in either the spring or fall?