Thank you to all who make this site such a great resource. I have been stopping by for a couple years now -- I can't remember how I learned about it. In '07 we built our first chicken house for six Red Star hens. We bought the girls from a local organic farm -- they sell off their flock each fall after one laying season. The girls roamed our backyard and settled in nicely. I was hooked. Over the past four years, our flock size has grown as our goals evolved. The few excess eggs we had at first were not enough for neighborhood demand -- the answer: get more chickens! I bought chicks from another farm that was having predator problems and raised them in a makeshift shelter outside (it was a hot August). I helped out a friend and rescued some of her layers from another dire situation. In 2010, I ordered 35 day-old chicks, some to raise for meat and some for eggs. Plus 15 Naragansett turkey poults! And late in 2010, we rescued six Guineas from a suburban home where dogs were becoming a problem. So, here I sit on the bench at my desk with a Hova-Bator incubator next to me with eggs inside it peeping at me: two pips, one knocking on the shell and five other eggs that are taking their time (plus one turkey egg, long story). Outside, nestled or roosting are: *35 laying hens: Ameraucana, Black Australorp, Speckled Sussex, White Leghorn, Red Star, and Welsummer *1 Welsummer roo *1 Welsummer hen with two chicks (hatched last week) *1 Speckled Sussex hen with four chicks (hatched around 5/17) *6 Naragansett turkey hens --2 are jointly rearing three poults (hatched around 5/3) --2 are setting on a nest --2 are laying *1 Naragansett turkey tom (the proud papa) *5 Guineas, one male and four laying hens Inside, in addition to the incubator next to me, there are two turkey poults in a brooder box and a second incubator full of turkey eggs. (Plus two cats and two dogs.) Yep. hooked.