My first ever chickens were purchased last March as chicks from Tractor supply. I bought the minimum....6 red sex links. I chose RSL's because I was concerned with getting an unwanted rooster. My RSL's are fantastic layers, healthy, hearty for my area (New England) and all get along. my family built me a wonderful, secure coop and we have plenty of acreage. I'd really like to add some colored egg layers to the flock but am afraid of difficulties integrating new birds into an existing calm environment. Is it worth the risk? My coop is not designed for segregation of newcomers. Should I try something like ducks? We have a small pond I think ducks would enjoy. We do have predators to worry about. I haven't had any losses but did have a fox chase a hen across the yard in plain daylight and a hawk attack a bird right when I was standing next to it. I'd consider peahens, ducks, chickens....maybe even a dwarf goat. What would you do?