I am only allowed to have 3-4 hens in our town. I have raised chicks before, and have narrowed down the breeds I like the best. I know it sounds crazy, but since we are only having hens, I would like (in a dream world ) to have one of each of some specific breeds/colors. The only problem, is that I cannot have roos under any condition, and I cannot have more than 4. I know a hatchery would give me my best bet, but I am nervous about shipping only 4 chicks. I have looked into eggs as well, but then we run the roo rick more so that sexed hatchery chicks. Do you think I should just try eggs, or hatchery chicks in small numbers? In case you are wondering (and don't laugh because I know this list is silly), but the 4 birds I want are: 1 Olive Egger (for egg color) 1 BLRW...SLW is my 2nd choice (the feather colors are amazing!) 1 Marans (for egg color) 1 Orpington (because I had one that was the best and I fell in love) Advice is appreciated! **FOLLOW UP QUESTION*** A local lady is selling broody hens. Would a broody hen hatch eggs for me if we decided to go that route? She states they are horrible egg layers, but will hatch almost anything. I have a local guy who is selling eggs, and am wondering if using a broody hen may be easier. Any thoughts or suggestions about using a broody?