Tony, you have become a true Chicken Addict. And you are lucky to have a wife to understands this and supports your habit.
If your BO's are anything like mine, you will have wonderful Broody Mama's in about a year. Two of my BO's are broody right now, they are 11 months old, and one just hatched out 4 chicks, none of them are hers.
I wanted 6 hens when we move to Texas last year, well I ended up with 10, 6 BO - 3 BR - 1 GLW (who turned out to be a Roo). Two weeks later I got, 3 EE & two weeks later 2 Light Brahmas, for a total of 15. This was mid May - early June 2011. In the fall I wanted to get a couple Silkies as Brooders, both ended up being boys, re-homed one, and then adopted a feathered footed red Bantie, who needs to be re-homed.
This spring, I wanted Marans for the chocolate colored eggs, got 3, then hubby wanted New Hampshire's, got 3, and I liked the green sheen of the Black Aust. so I got 2, got two Banties (Straight Run, both were boys), a Buttercup, who I gave to a friend & a Sizzle, who for now I am keeping. Then 2 weeks later, the feed store had SLW & Buckeye's, got two of each. So this spring I have 13, 12 potential egg layers.
My Broody Mama #1 hatched out 4 chicks, Broody Mama #2 is sitting on 14 eggs, only expect half to hatch.
If you do not have the fencing up on your run yet, enlarge it now. I have expanded my 3 times since last year.
Set your chair in the shade, find a nice side table for a cool drink, and when the time comes to let your youn-uns free range, have a container under your table filled with treats. Talk to them a lot, so they recognize your voice, and as you feed them. Mine know the sound of the sliding glass door opening & as soon as I walk out, they come running. And stand back if I call "Here Chick Chick Chick!" When people come over who have not met my chickens, and I call them. They can not believe how they come running to me. Our Rooster Owl, will stand at the door, waiting to come in, because he knows where we keep the bag of treats. .
This is Owl (GLW), and Cinnamon (EE), and Bufy (BO). Owl eats out of my hand, lets me pet him, and he strained his righ leg a couple weeks ago, and lets me help him on the roost & off the roost. He is such a good boy! And a Proud Daddy to 4 chicks and counting.
Keep the pictures coming!