I live on the Big island of Hawaii on an acre and a half with my boyfriend, almost 2 year old daughter, dog, three cats, and we have 27 chicks of various ages (ten Rhode island reds, ten Aracuanas, four Buff Orpingtons, and three silkies). I think that adds up? We have also ordered five Barenvelders and five Welsummers. We have had one batch of chickens before that we raised just up to egg laying and then had to move temporarily and give them away. They are living in a makeshift coop right now and will free range during the day when they are older. There are few predators here, the main one is the mongoose, and they are only a threat to a small chick. We are planning on selling eggs to friends, neighbors, and my friends co op at the local farmers market, so we want a variety of egg colors. Also interested in getting a few egg laying ducks. I am excited to learn and share info about chickens.