Rural King has about 15 breeds of chicks. No one there knows anything!!! Here's what they are calling them: Tetra Brown Pullets Cinnamon Queen Pullets Hamburg Gold Pullets Salmon Favorelle Pullets Ameraucana Pullets Rainbow Pullets Silver Campine Straight Run Barred Rock Pullets Jersey Giant Pullets Lavender Orpington Brown Leghorn Pullets Khaki Campbell Black Maran Rhode Island Red Jungle Fowl Straignt Run Black Langshan I want a few chickens for egg laying to share eggs with friends & co-workers. I have a couple acres and already have a 16x12 outdoor cage. I'm sure they will also be considered pets. I'm sure it's a subjective answer but are any of the above ones to avoid? I'm not looking for nuance or noise but I do understand they will require some work. I'd like to get a couple kinds to see the differences for myself. Would having say one each of 5 different breeds be a problem? If raise chicks later are they hard to introduce to the existing group? Rural King didn't seem to know if they were male or female. There was one group that said unsexed. Should I assume the others have already been sexed and they are female? How long do they produce eggs and how long to they live? If I let them roam the yard will they stay around and will the re-enter the cage by themselfs when it gets dark?