|They look a little scared of me in this picture.|
So I opted for #2. Go pick them up from the farm store. In my case, we have a very hip, urban farm store in St. Paul - here's the link Egg/Plant - and they take orders and get the chicks delivered to their store. They take care of the first few days when the chicks are learning how not to eat pine shavings and how to drink water. The kind staff also deals with the aptly named "pasty butt" (it's exactly what it sounds like). All of this is taken care of if you wait a few days after they arrive. In my case, they were born on Monday and I picked them up Thursday, free of butt paste and healthy as can be.