My name is Larry and my wife and I started raising chickens in June of 2012. We started with a menagerie of Road Island Reds, New Hampshire Reds, White Leghorns, a D"Eccl, and 2 Bantam Cochin's (which ended up being roosters). My daughter decided that was not enough for us and gave us 2 Silver Wyondotte and 2 Barred Rocks in September. I do free range them from when I get up to dark, they almost always find there way home. We live on a half acre by Bremerton, Washington with the yard fully fenced. Believe it or not, those little roosters can fertilize the big hens, we just hatched 2 D'Uccles and what appears to be a baby barred rock. At the time we had just brought home 8 orpington eggs so I guess Princess (our D'Uccle) was jealous and insisted on having some of her own. (She kept trying to kick the New Hampshire out of the nesting box so she could have all the eggs). So we let her keep 2 of her little eggs and a brown egg she grabbed and let her sit on them. All hatched which was so cool. The orpington eggs only hatched 3 but they are the cutest chicks running around with their "mother". We ended up with a white, blue and black so it couldn't have come out ant better. Anyway, I will try to post every few days and I do try to read as many feeds as I can.