Here's the story: Yesterday afternoon I went by the local feedstore to get some wire so I could build my chicken tractor today. Still have some weeks before my birds are ready, but why wait until the last minute. Anyhow--- Outside the back door at the feedstore they had a large cage stuffed full of biddies. I'd say they were about 4 weeks of age, breed I'm thinking barred rock. Sign said straight run--$2 each. $2 each for a feathered out biddie, that's a steal of a deal. Now this is where you guys come in. Either ya'll have got to talk me out of buying a couple 3-4 of those things. Or, ya'll have to help me out in IDing the pullets. They were probably 50 birds in the cage and like anytime I have ever seen birds caged like that, they were moving constantly, impossible to focus attention on one bird. It's been 20 years since I kept birds so I am way rusty and I need a little help. These birds were feathered out pretty good, some had nice bright yellow/orange combs. I figure I could get 3 or 4 of those birds put them in the brooder with my birds of nearly the same age, and the wife would be none the wiser. When I got my birds a few weeks ago she made me promise that we would stay on a small scale, 10 birds. Well, I got be conservative estimates 4 roosters. Three of those guys are going to the happy freezer in the sky, so I figure I could get 3 or 4 pullets to replace'em. That makes sense don't it? I'd still only have 10, right? Listen to me would you. I got it bad. You'd swear I was plotting to go out and chase wild women. So can anybody help a brother out?