Re: Want Chickens - Where do I start?
Do as much research as possible, I recommend backyardchickens.com. Lots of great info, coop designs, great forum to ask questions. Also the book Back Yard Chickens for Dummies was a good book I read before getting chickens. I think in most places people order or get chicks in April and many breeds will be laying by Late Aug into Sept sometimes longer.
We don't free range because we live in town and can't, If I could I would limit it due to predators and dogs have been known to take out chickens pretty easily.
Good luck! They are addicting !