This is the latest that we've ever ordered baby chicks, and yes they are available this time of year. We just ordered nine brown leghorns and they will resemble the birds above. They are beautiful birds but they are supposed to be on the skittish side. Their ear lobes are white so they will lay white eggs.
The coop I built was designed to give the chicken ample room and security from predators. It a tall coop that an adult human can stand inside after going into the back door and then entering the inner door that separates the hens area from the food storage area.
One thing that has always been unpleasant about having chickens has been the routine coop cleaning. We have bedding that is made from broken pellets that people use in pellet stoves. We pour them on the floor and wet them with a hose. The crumbles break apart and fluff up into a fine saw dust. This stuff absorbs chicken waste beautifully and keeps the coop smelling nice, however sooner or later it reaches a critical mass and has to be removed and replaced.
Up until recently I had to carry one shovel full at a time through the two doors to dump it in the wheel barrow, but then I realize I could cut a trap door in the back side of the coop where I could just push all the waste out through the trap door in the wall into a container outside. The old laborious way took sometimes up to 45 minutes. With the new way I am done in less than five minutes.
Now if only there was an easier way to deal with horse manure...