Hi all! I desperately need some advice about acquiring birds for a NEW flock. My husband and I have just gotten our coop with run (stationary) built and are ready to get some hens. I know I want a variety of breeds, but I can't decide if we want to get mature hens or pullets. While it would certainly be convenient to get already laying hens....I'm concerned about pecking order issues as (in order to acquire the breeds i seek) they undoubtedly will come from different sources! I'm also aware that there are probly quarantine issues if I go that route. Would I just be causing myself unnecessary grief, this way? Also...I would like to do the deep litter method of keeping the run tidy. The floor of my run is dirt. I've seen lots of info about concrete and linoleum and such...but nothing on dirt. What's the best base layer for my situation? Thanks in advance!