After over a year of research and a little wheedling of the husband, I made the plunge into urban farm status with the purchase of nine chicks from last August.
We ordered three Buff Orpingtons, two females and one male. Two female Red Stars, two female Easter Eggers, and a male and female Golden-Laced Wyandotte. All gentle breeds and good layers.
They all arrived perfectly healthy and grew like weeds in the night. They went from this..

to this, in an incredibly short time.
The Buff Orpingtons are Salad Sandwich (Sally), Pot Pie (Potty), and Big Ben. The Red Stars are Sweet and Sour, the Easter Eggers are Blonde and Brunette, and the Wyandottes are named Gentleman Jack (that spiffy guy in the middle of the pic) and Lucy. They produce over two dozen eggs a week, endless entertainment,  and copious amounts of fertilizer.
If you're wondering why we bothered with roosters, well, I had this crazy idea about breeding them and selling the offspring. Now I must confess I'm having another idea about a peaceful, quiet dinner of roasted rooster with gravy and new potatoes...