Hello! It seems this spring I got chicken fever :) BYC has been a incredible guide in my chicken endeavor thus far (coop building). As I near completion of my coop and get to start looking at chickens I'm in need of the guidance of the BYC experts.
I would like to buy hens that are already laying and would like to have both Easter Eggers as well as a brown laying breed (would love a Maran to have chocolate eggs as well). I've been able to find both for sale but not from the same people. So, my question is if I were to purchase chickens from two different places how easy/successful is integrating them (given they're all the similar age/size)? I have also found an individual that has 7 hens of all different breeds (except no Americanas :( that have been raised around kids and dogs and are friendly, which is exactly what I'm looking for (except for the no Americana issue.
My coop is 6'x4.5' there is an attached 4' x 8' mesh run and they will have free range of our 34 acres most of the day. How many chicken could happily live in my chicken coop/run?
Thanks in advance for answering my newbie questions. I'm so excited to get my hens!!