My pullets are only 5 weeks right now. I think I'm going to stick with the Orpingtons though, and focus mostly on color. I have seen some beautiful crosses between the buffs and lavender, but I also think the black and blue are pretty also. I got my chicks at a feed store. However, I doubt I will do it again. All my chicks are really healthy, and I haven't had any problems. Still I am going to try to get any new chicks from individuals who have practiced selective breeding. I feel like I got lucky getting good healthy birds this time. Any other suggestions or information is welcome.