I've been a lurker for some time, nearly 2 years. Thanks to everyone for the pages of knowledge and valuable opinions. Unfortunately I've got to leave CT and must give up my flock. I have 12 New Hampshire Red hens and 1 Barred Rock roo. All are 18 months old, in excellent health. The girls are sweet and all come running when they see or hear you. The roo is very sweet to the hens, very gentle and never pulls their feathers, and usually keeps his distance from humans but will kick a dog now and then to remind them who's boss. The girls are egg machines and they have free run of an acre fenced with 6ft chainlink. 2 Labs keep anything even thinking about the chickens from going over/under the fence. I If anyone is interested in adopting my flock please reply. I'm in eastern CT near the MA and RI borders. I'm sorry for saying hello and goodbye in the same post but life happens. Again, thank you all for all the knowledge and all the laughs. Your contributions made it possible to get my flock rolling.