Half of my flock was wiped out in a predator attack this weekend and all of my favorite birds were lost. Since my birthday is in a little over a week, my husband decided he was going to buy me some Orpingtons to replace my lost birds. Apparently he was going to surprise me, but last night he told me about his plan and wanted to know whether I wanted a variety of Orpington hatching eggs, or if I wanted chicks that were already a couple of weeks old. I'm not sure what to do. One of my concerns is that we also have turkeys and our current chickens are free of Histomoniasis and I'm worried about introducing it with new chickens and killing our turkeys... Another point which I'm debating is whether or not I would have success with hatching eggs-I have never hatched before and feel like a lot more could go wrong. I do have an incubator which someone gave me when they had to get rid of their chickens. Opinions? What do you prefer/what are the pros and cons that some of you experienced chicken owners have found!