OK, I've been thinking this to death, and I can't decide how to expand my flock this spring. Right now I've got a RIR, a BR, a BO, and an Australorp. They all look different, but all lay brown eggs. I want eggs of another color. The two options I'm considering are: 1) Getting two Blue Ameraucana pullets from a local breeder or 2) Getting three day-old chicks from Meyer hatchery: a Welsummer, a Speckled Sussex, and an EE. On the one hand, I think it's a good idea to expand the flock as slowly as possible, since I don't want more than 12 at any one time (and I won't cull). So I think 2 is better than 3. But if I get two blue pullets, they'll have to be quarantined (breeder can't sex baby chicks). And I wonder how the two girls will stand up against 4 existing hens. If I get day-old chicks, the minimum order is 3. They could be their own little flock if my girls are mean to them. But, then my flock grows faster than I necessarily want it to. And an EE hen probably won't be as pretty or lay as nice an egg as a real Ameraucana. Who wants to make this decision for me???!?!?!?