I am only 13, but I love chicks. Chickens, not so much. My mom wants them to lay eggs, so I need to know what kind to get. We have a little hot tub insert in our backyard, and it has a sorta dirt floor. My grandpa knows about chicks, so he is going to help us build a little chicken coop thing. We are going to make is inside, and then a little bit outside. And there will be a little door thing for them to go through. I want to get some pink, blue, and green ones from a local Mercantile, but I don't know if they lay eggs. I don't want to breed just yet, only eggs and chicks. I don't know if I should get all female, or some male, and what are straight-run chicks? What supplies will I need and what feed and supplies? I really don't want them to die. Oh, and I live in sorta western Nebraska, so our tempertures change like crazy!