Where should you buy your chicks or fertille eggs (is shipping a good idea)? In your opinion what breed of chicks is best to have for egg production (brown/white)? Should you buy fertille eggs or chicks (and if chicks at what age)? What is the best feed for your chicks throughout their life? How much time and what temp. Should a heat lamp give(and untill what age in the chicks life)? Is a rooster needed or prefered to help the hens produce eggs? Is free range raised chicks better egg producers? What is the key factors in producing the best egg layers?