So, here is the beginning of an awesome thread! (I hope!?) This is how it started: when I was 5 years old we went to a zoo/park where they ad a huge amount of chickens. I loved it and stayed there for almost 3 hours while my parents went on (left me there) to go for a stroll! When they came back, they saw me feeding all of the chickens! There were chickens on my shoulders/head/feet and I was feeding them corn (I went and asked the manager for some) My birthday was the next month, and guess what I got for my birthday? (6th b-day)Yes, you got it chickens! My mother took me away while my father and grandfather built the chicken coop (a very simple one, as you will see later on)! It didn't take them very long. My mother told me that there was a surprise waiting for me at home (that was the longest 1 hour drive I have ever been on ! When I got home my father took me to our neighbours where I was allowed to pick 10 hens and 1 rooster for my flock! They were all white so it was easy for me to pick! About 2 months later my grandparents came over and brought with them a pair of bantams! (the hen died of egg-boundness and the roo died of old age) That hen went broody about 15 times in her life! She and her husband dies last year! My chickens went from 13 to 49 in 10 months! That was when I decided I would like to get broilers (it was just my birthday so I had money) and I ordered 50! When those had grown up the moved into the coop with my other chickens! Sadly that night our dog got in and killed all except for the 2 bantams and 3 of the hens (they jumped onto the roof of the coop and made it) I cried so much! (That was 2007 so skip 5 years to 2013) In 2013 my chickens had grown from 5 chickens to 79(I acquired a new roo as my bantam couldn't fertilise the normal sized hens eggs) In 2013 I also GOT GOATS! The goats (don't have pics, they were all; just stolen, yes all 17 of them ) lived with the chickens! 2013 was also the year where I started to free range my chickens (ever since I have done free-ranging they are breeding like crazy!) I also started taking more notice of my chickens in this year (like personalities, who was leader etc.) Skip to 2014 Now in 2014 I get about 5 - 10 broodies a month and that = 35 to 70 chicks a month. With all the new stock I replace old hens and sell the roo's as a profit! I have also started to keep broilers again and get 100 every 2 weeks! I am also getting some good money from that! Why I call my flock Bizarre (and me) I call my flock bizarre because they are mix of a lot of different breeds! Some are pure breeds others EE, others NN, others bantam others barnyard mutt's! I am bizarre cause! (1) I own so many loved chickens (2) I leave the chickens to do everything naturally (except for feeding watering and bringing inside when their eggs are hatching!) (3) I am just totally crazy Here are a FEW (SEE WHAT I MEAN BY CRAZY!?) pics (sorry if the pic description doesn't go with the pic) We have three main roo's! Blackie Orange rooster Some pics of the now broodies that have chicks Sparkle Voldi Millie the 2nd Nameless!? HennyPenny Broodies with eggs! Moonshine Biggy Mrs Frizzle Goldie (left) AVH (right) Some nests (crazy and normal)! In the nesting box (normal) In the plant pot (crazy) In an old milk container (craormal) You can see the nest in the bottom (normal) The Coop! (see what I mean by basic) The coop + entrance The first room where they roost! The second, the nest boxes are there Hay bales outside the coop where I get all my hay from! Some other Chickens! The teenagers hanin' Faveroute Chicken (don't tell) Eggbert 2 RIR's (nameless) Last but not least, the broilers! With the light on With the light off! Sorry if the pics description doesn't go with the pic (just hang with me please) There will be more coming!