Hi all, I am new to BYC. I am almost 60 yrs old, bought my home a year ago, and just started in with organic gardening and chickens for organic eggs. I started with 8 chickens (3 barred rock?, 3 buff Orpington, 3 americauna), but lost 4 at about 2 months old to a predator. The coop was coming along slowly, so I hired some help with it. So I got 4 more (2 black and two white sex-link)....one of which I lost when I let them out of the coop too early in the am. This past week my daughter (who loves tiny versions of real life things), bought 3 bantams, and I got 5 more Americsunsd. We just realized that our only remaining americauna from the original flock is a rooster, Argh, not sure what I will do about the crowing. We live in the suburbs where crowing may be a nuisance....though our neighbors dogs do bark and the New Years fire works went on to 2 am. (Payback?). My chickens currently free range in a good sized, shady/filtered sun section of the yard, but I had to put up chicken wire to keep them out of the garden. We also have two new black bunnies living out with the chickens. The coop is definitely my own design, using the structure from a compost bin on the property, adding lattice doors and two interior shelves, along with stepping stones on the bottom, and a cheap sheet of roofing, then lining most of it with hardware cloth. The chickens file in on their own right around sundown, so I just go out and secure the latches. We feed organic starter and kitchen scraps. I mane nor broth using chicken bones, and the bones and cartilage get soft enough for the chickens to eat them. I'm figuring this is safe, since the chicken is cooked. Any thoughts?