I have had chickens since 2019. I have learned so much with hands on experience and advice from this Forum. The main thing I would like to say to beginners is that in my experience all chickens do not conform to breed information. My Light Brahma should lay brown eggs and lays green. My Welsummer who is supposed to not go Broody and if they do make terrible mothers went broody adopted 4 EE chicks and mothered them for 22 weeks. They were never separated from the flock. My Golden Comet who is so sweet and loves to be hugged and held is my biggest bully to the others. Adding chickens to my flock was far easier in my flock than most people I know. I have three 10 week old Sapphire Gems who I got at 3 days old. I wanted to wait until they were 7 weeks old to put them with the flock but they broke in with the flock at 5 weeks old and have had no problems even from bully who has been kinder to them than the others. I say this to tell you that every chicken is an individual and all you read does not always apply. To start with I was so careful and concerned. This Chicken Forum was a God send to me. You will be glad you are part of it. Of all the 16 chickens I have had, not a one acted like the standard information says, As The administrator of this forum told me, relax and enjoy your feathered friends. Spend time with them. Love them and they will love you back. Hopefully yours will be like mine. A friend told me that I don't have chickens but I have puppies with feathers. Also remember a happy hen is a better layer.