I am planning on getting 8 chicks from the feed store at three separate dates. So on date one (March 31st), I would get the speckled sussex and an EE. Then on date two (April 7th), two EE's, one BLRW, and one ancona. On the third date (April 28th), an RIR and a dark brahma. I am wondering two things. (one) Would it be safe to get only two chicks on two dates? I'm worried that I get two that will look perfectly healthy and then one will die, and the other would be raised alone. Since I am planning on putting date one and two chicks together to be raised, I could always get a third chick on date three (they have cuckoo marans! ) and then if one dies, I have a backup. (two) Would it be okay if after I bring the second batch of chicks home, I just put them with the first? Thank you all for your help!