A little over a week ago we began our chicken flock by purchasing 4 three week old chicks. One has since fallen ill and passed away despite my efforts. My question is should I go ahead and get two more now, while the others are still young and all will hopefully integrate smoothly? This way I would have a little flock of 5 for more eggs and also incase another should meet an unfortunate fate... OR should I stick with the 3 I have and wait until next year to get a couple more for the benefit of having an age difference? Obviously with the staggered ages I will hopefully have a more continuous supply of eggs later down the road... Weighing my pros and cons and looking to the experience of all of you to help decide!