We have had chickens for about 6 years now. These have been Hens for egg laying that we have gotten here and there on Craigslist. We have had Barred Plymouth Rock, Black Australorp, Wyandottes, Americana and few others or mixes. This year I got some chickens to raise for meat and it has been an experience. I had ordered 38 from a local hatchery but ended up with 52! Got just a few Turkens mostly I got White plymouth Rock and Black astralorps... mostly cockerels since most of them were for meat. ... I thought the boys would crow at 16 or more weeks... wrong! Some were crowing at 9 weeks and not most are crowing and they are 12 weeks. Well I am learning anyway.