Hi I am new to raising chickens. Bought 3 RIR and 1 Black Sex-Links (?) (my grand daughter just had to have a black chicken lol) now about 4 mths old and 6 more RIRs about 2 mths old . Just last week was given a RIR rooster & hen, also 2 other hens (1 with 2 chicks) we think they might be New Hampshire Reds? Still soooo much to learn. Any and all suggestions will be great since I am winging it lol. Thanks First ? I have is: will mama lay eggs while she is still caring for babies???