Long post.... I have been asking a ton of questions. Such a newbie.... And I seriously have no idea what I am doing. I stumbled upon chicken addiction completely by accident. I have 2 mutt EE and 4 Polish Silkie cross, 2 of which are cockerels. I want to add at least 2 pullets so I can have a few eggs, although my chicks are more of pets than anything. I know I will have to part with 1 roo when we get to that point. I'm waiting to see how it goes. Anyway, I have contacted a couple of hatcheries in town, I'm in middle Tennessee, and the last guy has me worried. I want to get chicks either the same age, 8 weeks, or younger. I do not want older hens that will harm my flock. He said that on any farm there are germs, which I'm aware of, but he said to give the new chickens bleach water because they may come with a cold. Is this a red flag or normal practice? And should I just wait until the chicks I have mature and hatch my own new chicks so I don't have to worry about disease and integration? Or should I get a few day old chicks and brood them? The only area I have besides the coop and run is a brooder and a small cage that will house up to 5 chicks 5 weeks in age. I really appreciate any advice. I am struggling with what to do.