The eldest son and I are working on his new 4-H Project - Poultry! We have just young birds as it is our first year: 10 Speckled Sussex from Cackle Hatchery through the local feed store May 11 hatch (starting to look more like chickens) From Whitmore Farm May 25 hatch (ugly adolescents) 5 Delawares 16 Welsummers 5 Ameraucanas And 6 Corn/Rock broilers gifted to us through the project from the local industrial chicken producer June 9 hatch (still fuzzy butts) I grew up on a farm with chickens, but this is the first batch I've had in 30 years. The children are enjoying sitting with them and petting them. I really like these breeds so far and would like to hear others experience with them. We are using homemade hoop-wire-tarp shelters surrounded by premier elctrified poultry net for predator protection. I would love to hear from others on their experiences with this set-up, and if there are cheaper alternatives. Also, is running rope or ribbon back and forth from the tops of the poles good for discouraging hawks? It appears the long-suffering spouse is going to let us keep some over winter (great guy), so the kids and I may be here for a while!