I started a flock back in July-August (I actually worked my cousins farm for a week 14 chickens, 2 goats, 6 ducks, 2 geese, a farm dog, 2 small dogs, while she was on vacation and used the money she paid me to buy the materials to build my own chicken coop) we built a rather large chicken coop my husband designed himself and an attached 7 feet tall fenced 52ft chicken run/pen with 3 seperate access gates. The nesting boxes are acessed from outside the chicken run and the pen/run which is nice with a big bossy rooster lol. The original intention was a good egg laying flock until my husband became interested in raising meat breeds. It started with 3 hens, 3 pullets, and a big beautiful rooster, but I've friended a chicken breeder of a very rare and highly sought after chicken breed and kept adding more and more birds to my flock. Then two roosters showed up in the woods right next to my chicken run and coop go figure! They joined the flock but now they are currently in cages because I have decided I just cannot keep them due to the breed. The chicken breeder had the very last color of her birds available as a breeding trio of pullet hens and young cockerel so I jumped on the chance with the future plans on breeding because she's busy with other farm animals and asked me if I would work on it for her or take over. So I started with 7 birds, 6 hens, 1 rooster. I am now sitting at, 27 chickens, 7 roosters, 5 in the flock with no problems, 2 rescued roosters soon to be rehomed, 20 hens, 10 of which are pullets under 6-7 months old. The original intention was a flock of No more than 30 birds maximum, as that is what the larger coop is intended to hold. and to naturally breed birds to sustain new members to the flock to supply the family with eggs and meat. Now there's talk of building another same size chicken coop in 2015 in a 1/2 acre fenced field of pasture, to be used for separating the meat birds from the egg layers. However I'm not sure if I can handle 60 birds on my own lol. I am having a hard time now with 27. My husband works full time so I'm doing the majority of the work myself. I am looking forward to my first baby chicks next spring. But I am definitely starting to feel a little overwhelmed with the workload. We are below freezing in a cold snap and the snow ice and cold is a becomming a battle, on the plus side when the ground is frozen there is no soft stinky squishy mud in my chicken run to step in lol. We are feeding non GMO certified organic feed and growing a garden and a field of grains to supplement feed and reduce costs. I also add raw apple cider vinegar to the drinking water. I am currently getting 3+ dozen eggs a week and not all of my hens are laying. I can't wait until spring, to start everything from seed and get the garden going and see some newly hatched chicks!