Hello, new here, and I'd like to find out what breeds of chicken my in-laws have. They bought them at a feedstore and do not know the breeds. They got 4 yellow chicks and 4 brown and were told the yellow were egg chickens and the brown were meat chickens. Fast forward a few weeks, and 3 of the brown ones had died, and the yellow ones turned white and quickly grew a lot bigger than the brown. Now, 8 weeks after they came home, one white one has disappeared (hawk?) and we are left w/ 3 big white chickens and 1 smallish brown. Someone said that it makes no sense at all that the white chickens, which grew so fast, would be the egg ones, while the small, slower growing brown would be for meat. I'd have to agree, based on common sense and no real knowledge of chickens. Meanwhile they are given free range of the yard and seem like nice birds. They were purchased primarily for pest control (ticks) and eggs. I guess they're too young to lay eggs yet. I don't know how to insert pictures but there are some pics here: extremeleigh.blogspot.com Thanks for any input. I'd like to let them know what they have and what kind of special considerations the chickens may have.