Sunny Side Up,
Thank you. My brother (source of my previous chicken information) has offered to give me fertile eggs for my girls. I may give it a try. I'm going to take baby steps on this process so I avoid messing anything up or ending up with chickens I am not equipped to take care of. I started with 4 pullets and I didn't realize how determined raccoons are when it comes to getting their dinner. I lost two of the girls before I was able to completely raccoon proof the coop.
If you were starting a small flock and you wanted a couple of "easy keeping" layers to provide eggs, what breed would you be looking for? I don't think I will start over but I'm curious about what would have been the better approach.
Thanks again for your input. :)