Too bad you're not closer. I have 75 chicks right now (13 different breeds). They're 5 days old, 4 weeks and 11 weeks. Not getting chicks until the middle of May means they will just start producing before winter sets in. Not bad timing. The older hens will be slowing down then and probably molting. Not having to deal with chicks with snow on the ground makes things a lot easier too. I started my first group the week of Christmas. What was I thinking? They are out now but they were pretty big (and 24 of them) before they could be outside 24/7.
That is an odd state law but there is safety and warmth in numbers so it might not be as dumb as it sounds. Did you look on CL? Chicks are big right now around me plus all the feed stores are selling out of them as quick as they come in. Most hatcheries sell a minimum of 25 chicks (min of 5 per breed) so they stay warm in transport. Maybe try that next year and get orders from friends or sell them on CL and pay for your chicks (that's what I do). It's no more work to brood 25 than 6 for the first 2 weeks.
Golden laced Wyandottes are my all time favorite. The first time I say one, I was hooked. I had to have chickens.