I found a person on craigs list who is getting out of chickens about 5 hours from me. She has about 40 Rhode Island reds 40 Buff Orpingtons A Bunch of Auraucanas (pardon my mispells). They are last march hatch and are all laying good. She is just looking to get out of them as she is having to move and is just looking for best reasonable offer and someone to take them, She made a comment she cant seem to get $5 a bird for them so she just wants a reasonable offer. The only thing that caused me to question is she said for some reason the RIR's are picking at each other and there are allot of naked butts. She doesn't know why and cant figure it out. She raises them all organic and sells the eggs to a local french restaurant and they have plenty of room to roam (sounded like she free ranged them) The buffs are all fine with no problems like that. Reason i am interested is we can have eggs NOW! I don't have my coop built yet but i have about 20 portable 10x10x6 high chain link panels i could quickly put together a pen and then fab up a quick temp shelter while i build a coop. I guess i just want some opinions on if i should mess with these or not. Would be nice to be into the eggs already without having to wait for chicks to mature. I am planning a 40 hen flock at max so i thought maybe take 15 RIR's and 15 buffs which will leave me room to grow out some Delawares and sex link. Thanks for any input i appreciate it greatly.