I am about to be the mother of 4-5 new silkie chickens. I have never owned chickens and don't know much about them. I orderred them and they will arrive April 18th and be 1-3 days old. I understand you have to keep them with a light on and food at all times for the first 6 weeks. I am reading now the chickens I'm getting aren't big egg layers. I am thinking of incorporating one more chicken into my new family and want a brown egg layer. Any ideas for a smaller chicken that's a brown egg layer. I am terified of the mess and smell so want to keep the birds small and low numbers. Any other advice?