Hi! I am new to BYC and to raising chickens in general, but I am excited. I have already learned so much from reading all of your posts, so I am hoping for some advice on the current flock that I have. My hope is to have birds for eggs and for meat. I would like to work my way up to hatching my own chicks, as well. I have two RIRs that are almost 4 weeks and still in the brooder. My neighbor moved and couldn’t take her chickens with her so she gave them to us. There are 3 yellow hens, which I am assuming are all the same breed and age but I don’t know what that is. They seem quite large to me and they haven’t laid eggs in the few weeks that I have had them, not sure if that is because it’s been too cold or because they are too old. The neighbor said that only one of the 4 hens she gave me lay and it doesn’t seem to be any of these girls. Honestly, I am considering slaughtering these ones since they don’t lay. So my questions: What breed are they and what is that breed good for (meat/eggs/both)? How old do you think they are? Would they be good to eat or too old/too tough? The other chickens I got from the neighbor are this black hen and rooster. These two hang out together all the time and the rooster wants nothing to do with the other yellow hens. This hen lays one egg every other day or so, off-white average size egg. I am thinking of incubating a few of her eggs to see what happens. Her eggs do appear to be fertilized. I am to keep her as long as she is providing eggs. What breed to you think these two are and how old do you think? All of the chickens are very skittish and obviously not used to people at all. I am not sure how old the rooster is and I am doubtful that I would ever catch him to slaughter him, he’s quite fast. What advice would you give me regarding this flock? Should I cull the yellow, non-laying hens? I am planning on making my run much bigger in the near future as I have the 2 RIRs that will need to go in the coop soon and I feel the current run is too small for all of them. Should I keep the new (younger) chickens separate from the rest of the flock, even if I do get rid of the yellow ones, I am concerned the older rooster would pick on or kill them. Anyway, thanks in advance!