Alright. I admit it. I NEED more chicks! Our babies have been out of the house for over 2 weeks now, and I miss the peeping from the room next door, and the "I just have to check them ONE more time" syndrome I had every night for weeks, and I even miss washing their tiny bums. Plus, there are a few breeds we really want in our flock that we don't have now. I have a few questions (of course) before ordering though... 1. The 'older' chicks are just about 6 weeks old. How, and more importantly, WHEN can I introduce new chicks to the flock? 2. I guess my first question should have been CAN I introduce new chicks to the flock? 3. Would it better to do it now, or wait? 4. Lastly, in Storey's Guide they recommend "replacing" year or two old layers with younger ones. Are we supposed to cull ALL the hens after only a year or two and then start all over? That seems like alot of work, and alot of waiting for pullets to reach laying age, etc. I was really thinking I would just rather hang onto the old gals and just intermitantly add younger ones to keep the feed to egg ratio up, and let the older ones just live out their days. Is that not possible or feasible? These hens are already our pets. I cant see "stewing" them simply because they lay less eggs than a younger model...lol What do you all do?