My 2 RIR's are 12 weeks and they were how we cut our teeth on chickens. Actually, it was my kids fault. TSC shouldn't put those chicks right out in the middle of the store for all to see! My fiance is placing an online order as we speak. So much for 2 more chicks. She's ordering 5. 1 - RIR, 1 - Barred Rock, 1 - Silver Laced Wyandottes, 1 - White Silkie Bantams, and 1 - Easter Egger (Ameraucanas type chickens) So, I've raised 2 RIR's from 3 days old and it was a breeze. Anything different when raising these other breeds? They are coming from CT which is WAY FAR from NE TX.