I'm a relative newbie at BYC. We've had 6 chickens for the past year, but lost 3 to backyard predators who dug way under run. :-( Coop/run are like Ft. Knox now. I have 2 questions: 1) So I have a friend who raises chickens and is willing to sell me a half dozen which is all we want. She has Golden Comet, New Hampshire Red and Delawares. I'm looking for brown eggs, long laying, ability to get along with each other and friendliness. We currently have 2 Buffs, 1 BR & 1 Americauna I hand raised. They are very calm & friendly but not laying yet. Born April 10. 2) Will these 3 begin lay soon? Appreciate your replies. Of the 3 we lost 2 were ISA sex links (don't know what that means). THey were red and terrific layers, very friendly. They stamped their feet till I picked them up. OK that's all for now. Look forward to your answers. Thanks!