First off, hello. I am a BYC owner and have used this site for much information in starting my flock. Honestly, I started chickens for their poop for the compost. I liked the eggs too. First flock was good until a neighbor's dog killed all but one their first fall. I was devastated. We then purchased 4 new hens for winter with our one remaining. Dog broke through the coop and killed all but two. That dog is dead now. Three chickens died off from a mysterious disease this year. Last year we got 12 and unfortunately two were roosters and we didn't realize the peril in that. Two MEAN roosters would attack my 2-year-old when we turned our backs and harm the weaker hens. So after some fertile eggs, we gave away one and slaughtered one. . We hatched 5 of those fertile eggs. I checked them and was correct, three pullets and two cockerels. We also started turkeys this year. BBB and BBW and eventually put one of the cockerels in with them when they started to show some aggressive behavior. Both cockerels are nice now that they are separated. Now my new chicks are starting to integrate with the old flock and my turkeys and one cockerel are getting ready to be processed. I am looking for someone who processes poultry but am not having much luck. I live about half way between Grand Rapids and Big Rapids.