I've been lurking on this board for quite a while and decided to finally jump in... I'm going to be buying my first batch of chicks soon, and I'm very excited. I've decided I'd like to have a mixed flock of six laying hens. I will be ordering from Murray McMurray becuase one of my coworkers is planning on ordering meat chicks and has volunteered to start my chicks for me. So, I'm limited on which breeds I can choose from this late in the year. I've decided on 2 Easter Eggers, 1 Buff Orpington, 1 Speckled Sussex, 1 Barred Rock, and 1 Welsummer (for the moment - I may change my mind again before things are said and done!). The problem is that MM only sells the Welsummers as straight run. While the pullet:roo ration should theoretically be 50:50, we all know that isn't always the case. To ensure that I receive at least one pullet, how many chicks would you recommend that I order? I'm thinking maybe 3? (Extras will be sold/given away once their identities are more obvious.) Thanks in advance for your input! I've already learned a great deal from this site.