Friends of mine moved away and I offered to take his "flock" rather than have him make a rather large pot of stew. I have some farming background, but most of my chicken experience is of the commercial type. If I count correctly there are 4 Roos, one of which is an eggeater (the Orpington) 20 RI hens (I think) 3 Rocks, 3 white Bantee hens and 2 ducks(1m,1f). I have a few hens that are eggeaters, I have found out and they will soon be stew/stock/base. I am still waiting for the weather to co-operate enough to move the rather large henhouse to my property. Right noww they are in a smaller shelter, but the hens have decided to start laying and I need to get the house here soon. Presently I am feeding 6 lbs of 16% layer to all with some yummies now and then and scratch (corn/oat mix) on cold nights to keep them warm. Fresh water is supplied throughout the day. We have been getting about 4 eggs a day on average for about 2 weeks. I have been researching on several sites as to care/upkeep/feed, and am just wondering as a newbie if things sound right. They have a fenced in area to "free range" as it is in the snow, about 75x20. So I guess my questions are: Does everything seem in order, am I forgetting anything? And What are eggeaters good for when I am raising chooks for eggs? Thank you for any input--HR P.S. What is a good image hosting site, I have pics and the link for myspace will not allow the pic to show.