Dan says if Harvey and I work VERY hard helping in the garden this summer we can get chickens in August. My current plan is to order 8-10 chicks with the hopes of successfully bringing 6 laying hens into adulthood (predators and illnesses being what they are). Of course, we'll make sure we have room for all 8 or 10 in case I'm very successful.
My going favorite is the Plymouth Rock variety, since they take cold winters well, lay a lot of big eggs, and are so very very pretty in black and white.
Then there's the coop. I'm usually anti-plastic in all things, but I'm starting to sell myself on the idea of a plastic coop, because it's so easily insulated and predator safe.
Also, how cute is that? It comes in orange!
Okay, so nothing left to do now but self install seventy bazillion yards of fencing, pop out a newborn, and get life back together soon enough to be turning out eggs for fall. We can do it, right?