Hello from NY! I came across this site looking for more information on how to incorporate some new birds into my existing flock a few months back. I did not become a member then, but did search through the forums for information which paid off for me in the end. Currently, we have 8 birds, 5 Rhode Island Reds, 1 Barred Rock and two other birds in which I am unsure of. We started with the Red's about 2 years ago when my father brought 6 of them to our home, unannounced, as gifts for our 3 boys. At first I was like, "Thanks a lot!", but then watching how excited the boys were when they first saw them and watching them grow from chicks, to hens changed my feelings quite a bit. This past summer we decided to add a few more birds to our flock and acquired 6 new chicks from a local ad on Craigslist. 3 turned out to be roosters and one passed unexpectedly a few weeks later. We gave the roosters away to keep nice with the neighbors, who are awesome and never seem to mind our girls foraging on their lawns (a dozen eggs here and there pays off). We also lost one of the Reds this summer too. Any hoot, we love our birds and look forward to adding more to our flock this spring! My coop is homemade and is large enough to comfortably hold at least 15 birds total. I do have a quick question about one of our birds. I am unsure of the breed, but this bird is huge. It makes my Red's look tiny, lol. I will post a pic and am hoping someone can help identify what kind of bird this is. I look forward to meeting some new folks and learning and sharing as I go.