hello! I live in Northern Michigan and just started raising chickens. My first round last July consisted of three Buff Orpingtons (one is a rooster) and four Australorps. This year I found a local breeder and purchased five Icelandics (one is rooster) and two Polish (one rooster). I didn't plan on so many roosters but there's no "tell" on the privately bred eggs. I am currently building a new coop for the newbies; I've been keeping them in my garage for now. My goal is to be self sustaining. The older chickens are free range and I've been told that as soon as my newbies get bigger I can let them free range too because I have enough land for them to run away from others. Can't wait to hear the advice of those who've been doing this longer and eventually become a pro!