The fact that I was (am) clueless about raising chickens, despite doing months of research caused me to hesitate, but not by much. I got the White Leghorns because they were so darn cute and the Orpingtons because they're, like, sooo popular (flips hair). Both types are cold hardy, which is a concern of mine because I get a lot of snow at my house. They are also good layers.
My dad stood by, only a little concerned about my husband's reaction when I'd be bringing chicks home.
We put the chicks in a plastic box and decided to build the coop another day. The birds will be indoors for another 10 weeks anyway, so we've got TONS of time. (Famous last words.)