I am so new at this. I purchased my flock as 1 day old chicks and have RIR, BR, and Black stars. After loosing 4 hens to hawks last year, I was hoping to replace them with some EE's and Black Marans. I wanted to get some green/blue and really dark brown. I really don't want to get a bator and than have to worry about introducing the chicks into the established flock. Am I correct in thinking that if I use a broody, the chicks will be accepted into the flock easier?? Where should I get my eggs?? Any other hens that you would recommend? I want some colored eggs and some hens that will get along with my established breeds... I know, lots of questions. I figure I should get them out of the way before I have a broody!!! thanks a ton and happy hatching!!!!