Hi all, I am new to chickens and since we got 8 chicks on May 12th (less than 4 months ago) its been nothing but chicks chicks chicks around here. Hard to get anything else done, but they are delightful. Unfortunately, I am also discovering that teenagers are difficult. Especially teenage boys, yes? We ended up with 4 cockerels and 4 pullets (as happens) but one cockerel disappeared while free ranging (Lesson One, hard learned, but at least it was one of the cockerels). And, yes, I know... I have 3 left, and having too many boys is something I need to deal with. But now they're "pets"... and I'm a vegetarian, so it's hard. Part of why I joined BackyardChickens... I have: 2 French Copper Marans (cockerels, gorgeous and friendly! want one?) 1 Golden Laced Orpington 1 Heritage Welsummer 3 Sage Eggers (1 is a cockerel, super beautiful. Also looking for a good home) I got them all from Alchemist Farms, a fantastic heirloom breeder in Sebastopol, CA who breeds for temperament as well as egg color. I chose them because I fell in love with the dark chocolate colored Marans eggs, but unfortunately, both my Marans are boys, so I am looking for another 6 pullets (Marans and Welsummer) to balance out the flock. (Know of anyone who has pullets available, nowish?) I live up on the Northern Sonoma, Mendocino County county line and my boyfriend and I have recently moved from NYC back to CA be a caregiver to my dad as he gets older. And now I have fallen in love with his gorgeous little 3 acre property up on the mountain above Cloverdale, which is surrounded by oak and Douglas fir, meadows and vineyards. So, we are starting a mini homestead here, planting a small orchard, garden and now chickens, using permaculture design principals as much as possible. It's the first time I've ever wanted to be home more than somewhere else and I am very grateful to be here in California.. even though the fire season is fearsome and the damn cockerels are now keeping me up at night. So, I know a few of you are Sonoma-Mendocino types, and I am hoping that one of you might have a very nice large flock of free rangers that needs a fancy French rooster? (Not for the soup pot, preferably). Happy to be here with you all. Nice community, great information.