Ok, So I found an add for 6 buff orps and 6 nhrs for $5 each. They are 4.5-5 weeks old and the owner believes they are all hens. I have questions 1) How much space in a brooder would these hens need, I only want 4 of them.? I don't have my coop built yet, but I like the idea of getting eggs 4.5-5 weeks earlier. I do have a brooder that is 3.5'x2'. 2)Which of these two breeds is a better layer? I am looking for something that will lay year round. I know that buff orps are pretty good, no rir, but hey, they are older. 3) At this age should it be easy to make sure I am getting hens? 4) If I don't want these is there anyone out there that does is the detroit area.