Yes, the poults do sell out fast. If you are not ready for them yet, you could always check the craigslist for your area later on in the spring.
If you go that route, you might want to ask to see the parent birds to verify breed and health. I always show my birds to folks who ask to see them-from the outside
of the fence. (lest they bring bird cooties on the bottoms of their boots.)
FYI, when a hen lays an egg, she deposits a very thin coating called a "bloom" around the egg shell to seal out the bacteria and germs. This bloom stays in place until the egg is washed.
Oil isn't needed on unwashed eggs. :)
The best way to store a clean egg is pointy side down in a carton (to stabilize the air pocket) and to not wash it until you are ready to use it. Use warm to hot water otherwise cold water will push bacteria through the pores of the. If you wash your eggs before putting them into a carton, use those first before the unwashed eggs as they won't stay as fresh.
On average, a clean unwashed home raised chicken egg will last 6 weeks or better in the fridge with only a tiny little bit of drying out.
Most of the grocery store eggs you can buy are already 2 to 4 weeks old before they even get to the store and they have been dipped in chemicals to clean them.
I will spare ya'll the whole higher vitamin, less cholesteral better healthy omegas discussion of homestead chicken eggs. And the taste things. And the darker rich yolk thing.
On another note, my ducks have started laying and building nests. They don't usually start until at least April. Looks like the birds think spring has arrived!