Im new to the BYC, but have had a flock 20+ Years ago. Just moved out of the city . The first thing was to build a coop and get some chickens. So I have 7 barred rock hens 1banty cross and 1 rock rooster. I can say the girls are special to me i cant belive how attached we have become. Lucy( the banty ) is the only one laying so far. The rocks are around 5 months old. I like the BYC web site.