So after not having chickens for 10 years or so, I am finally have a home where were have lots of land and I can once again have chickens! I was kind of surprised (ya imma newb) that Meyers and MyPet Chicken have already have sold out dates for some of their chickens already! Yikes... I had planned to order from Ideal, but they are still not taking orders for 2016, so, with the concern of not being able to get my most wanted breeds, I placed an order with My Pet Chicken for a few breeds, just so I could ensure I get blue ameraucanas since they had always been my fav, well the blue wheaten bantams were, but going for bigger hens this go around, and sexed silkie since they are the only ones that sell sexed silkies. I had really wanted to get a few spitzhaubens, but they are sold out as well and do not carry the Brabanters that Ideal does. Basically I wanted very pretty eggs and interesting chickens, and since I don't have any 4H kids or really care for showing, hatchery chickens is the way I am going. I was wondering, since I have my order now for April 4th, if Ideal does take orders for the ones I could not find at My Pet Chicken, what are your thoughts on getting two batches of chicks and integrating, isolation ect? Would it be best to merge them at the same time when they are all about day olds, or get them prior or after the new ones with time for isolation? Do day olds need isolation? Many people out here just get chicks at various feed stores and toss them together. Any ideas or thoughts? After reading so much about disease and biosecurity, I am now paranoid about getting chickens from various places (breeders, swaps, feed stores) and mixing them, mostly cause I been waiting so long to get chickens again and really don't want to mess things up with a diseased flock, or other issues I have never had before.