I'm new to this folks so please bear with me. I have tried to read as much as possible on this site in an effort to not come across as a complete idiot but as always there is no substitute for real world experience. Thus far, with some sound advice from the good people on the "coop design" forum I am rapidly approaching the time to order my birds. My research suggests that Buff Orpingtons are the right choice for us based on their temperament, egg laying and meat quality but should I order pullets to ensure hens (I assume pullets are sexed) or is there another option ? Do you think that a Rooster in the mix is a good thing right now or should I add a Rooster when the hens have matured and breeding becomes an option ? BTW, I am considering ordering from Cackle as they are the nearest hatchery to us in mid MO. Any experience with them ? Your opinions would be most welcome. Thankyou, Chris.