This forum has been extremely helpful in introducing readers (especially ME) to breeds not normally mentioned elsewhere.
I am ready to send my older hens to freezer camp and replace all but two hens. Why am I keeping two? The girls are consistent brooders. For me this is the perfect way to add to the flock and to replace non-productive hens, allowing the broody hens to raise the chicks properly. I don't speak chicken and I definitely do not scratch around in the gardens for tasty bugs, grubs and worms. I find that my girls get a better start in life with lessons and protection from "momma hen" as they adapt to life in the flock and to free ranging.
I began my "chicken life" with pullets from a local farm. Now I can't imagine life without chickens. In my neighborhood I am not allowed a rooster which eliminates any chance of having home-grown fertile eggs.
It is time to start a new and interesting flock so the plan is to hatch some unusual and/or threatened breeds. The prospect is exciting. I'm anxious for the hens to show signs of being broody. I will then assemble the broody coop and fence off a nice nursery area.
I will check back often to this forum to help choose my breeds.