I have my flock in a small rural town in Vermont. This is my third year of raising chickens. They are egg producers just for the family. The first flock I had were layers that we got full grown as I was not sure what I was getting into.
Here are three of the first group. There were four hens in that group and a rooster.
The next year I tried increasing the flock by raising chicks. We got five pullets and a cockeral.
Over the very hard winter last year, three of the original hens died, and the original rooster had died in the fall, leaving only one of the first flock with us--the Brahma. Then the Rhode Island Red went broody, so I experimented with 4 eggs and she got three chicks. Very nice.
Now our flock consists of a very nice family of six layers and three "littles" who are growing up fast, as they do.