The next spring I got chicks from the feed store and increased my flock to 17 hens. All were happy healthy and laying until a neighbor's roaming dogs killed all but 1 of them.
I started over the next spring by ordering chicks from Murray McMurray Hatchery. I'll never do that again since several arrived dead and 5 more died within 24 hours.
I now have 21 hens and 1 rooster and have had one hen hatch out 2 new chicks.
I'm looking forward to all the good info and advice from other chicken lovers on the Backyard Chickens site!