I am owner of a flock and an adopted flock, for over a year now. I have successfully added a couple brand new birds when one of my birds went broody, but only 2 survived of the 6 we purchased new! We have a lot of hawks around us, but at least 2 made it, and they are laying too! Aside from attacks, we are making it successfully with our hens. Even having cats, dogs and kids too! I have enough birds to give extra eggs to my neighbors too. I like that the most, sharing. I am a Purdue Master Gardener, mother of 2 kids, and 13 hens.