I am really new to chickens and have some questions about what to purchase next. We currently have 6 RIR pullets hatched in May, that give us 5-6 eggs every day, even in the dead of winter with no insulation, heat, or added light in the coop. They were acquired from craigslist on a whim and they are great birds...very friendly and extremely prolific egg layers! However, my neighbors and friends are all excited about buying eggs from us and I can't make eggs fast enough! So I would like to get 6 more chicks in the spring. Here's my question...the neighbors all think colored eggs are better than white eggs (their perspective, I know better) so we'll let them be the judge since they are paying us great money for eggs. Since I already have brown egg layers and they are all fascinated by other colors of eggs...should I get ameraucanas? Will EE's be as prolific with egg laying as the RIR's? Should I opt for day old chicks from the feed store...or from my local kid who does 4H (but doesn't seem to always keep his breeds separated so I'm concerned about how accurate his "breed" will be and I'm not sure how good he is about knowing roo from hen in day old chicks...can't have roo)...or order them from a hatchery? My daughter also wants one blue or buff silkie pullet as a pet so I was considering having the chicks ordered and shipped. Are hatcheries really that accurate with sexing day old chicks? I live in northern Nevada. Does it matter where I have the chicks shipped from? Should I look for a West Coast hatchery or will all of them use overnight shipping anyway? Does distance traveled matter in the overall health of a chick? Lastly, we do get cold here, single digits to 20 degrees at night in the winter, 30's-50's during the day. Hot, dry summers are the norm. Any other opinions on great egg layer breeds? I would consider going with another brown egg layer breed, but would not go with a white egg layer as I am letting the local market for our eggs dictate the breed. And if I order from a hatchery will they really be able to tell what color the silkie will be in the end? You know how it is when the kids get something stuck in their heads about EXACTLY what they want! ???????