This coming spring I am going to add about 12 more chickens to the flock. All of the hatcheries I have ever looked at had a minimum order of 25 chicks, so I think we are going to go feed store hunting. My plan is to call all of the feed stores in late March/early May, and figure out who has the breeds we want. Some of them have all the breeds mixed in one bin, so I am going to have to print of a picture of each breed as a chick, so I know I am getting the right breed. The only thing I am worried about is the age differences and spreading disease. Do you think this will be a problem, or not? The oldest ones might be as much as a week older than the younger ones. And is it even possible for such young birds to already have acquired an illness? I was also wondering if Purina chick starter was a good food (they will be a laying flock). I also wanted to know if I should give them medicated food or not. Thanks ahead of time!