Hi all! We adopted 6 former battery girls 2+ years ago and fell in love! (surprise, surprise) We've lost 2 (one to egg-binding, the week we got her and one last summer to EYP) and would like to expand the flock. After considering pullets, adult hens or chicks, I think we've decided to get chicks in the spring. So, our city ordinance permits 8 hens or ducks (no roosters). We've got the space for 8, although we will have to expand the run a bit. No problem. I was originally thinking to get 5 chicks, thinking that we may (probably?) lose one or two... all my chicken buddies in town that have gotten chicks have had casualties. If all 5 live, we have 9 (over our limit, but I don't forsee anyone coming around with a clipboard to count my hens). What are your experiences with chicks and should I go for 5? or 6? Also, my girls are all Red Sex Links - we'd like to try a different breed or two. I understand that they may be more likely to "accept" newbies if they're the same breed? True?