Hi! I've just ordered my first chickens. I will receive them in April when they are 4 weeks old. I ordered 1 Easter Egger Americana, 2 Silver Laced Wyandottes, & 2 Speckled Sussexes. After ordering them, I took another look at when they will start laying & it looks like the earliest I can expect eggs will be some time between July & Sept. I then saw some cross breeds advertised on the local classifieds. They are 5 week old chicks that are from a Swedish Flower rooster & a Rhode Island Red hen. I was considering getting 2 of them to start me off while I wait for the others. From what I've read, they could be ready to start laying in May. I have a couple of questions... 1) Will the Easter Egger get picked on because it is the only one of its kind? (I could ask to increase my order to 2 of them.) 2) What will I need to do to introduce the younger chicks (the ones I will get in April) to the older pair of cross-bred chickens? 3) Do I need a lamp or heater? We are still getting frost in the mornings & I've heard that we may get snow in the next week. It temperatures usually don't dip much below zero but they can go as low as minus 10. Thanks for taking the time to read this! Looking forward to learning more as we go!