My status is that I'm new as a chicken owner and I've loved it from the beginning ..... I have 9 RIR pullets and 2 RIR roosters that are 18 weeks old and I'm just beginning to get one egg a day .... so, I'm thrilled.
For a long time though I've been wanting to add to my flock. I've free ranged these birds without incident but I know it's possible. So, I could add another 10 pullets ... keep them under a light until they are ready, then free range them from the beginning. I would just need to build protected roosts for them.
Or, I could keep the chicks in the 16x8 pen ... I'd have to build protected roosts and laying boxes anywhere. I can provide a heat light for them in the pen.
I think I'll add these birds but as I can only use about one dozen eggs/week I'm really not sure why I'm adding.