I'm Catherine. I have 22 chickens.. down from 28 chicks in July. I lost 5 the first week, and lost one to the neighborhood rats a couple weeks ago. My son and I have covered the rest of the pen with netting to keep the rats out, but I'm probably going to have to upgrade to hardware cloth. My girls are not laying yet, and someone missed the sexing, and I got a rooster in the bunch. He's not crowing yet, so I'll keep him as long as animal control doesn't come knocking. I have some black australorpes, some americaunas, a buff orpington, two white chickens that I'm assuming right now are leghorns, I think some may be gold laced wyandottes too. I bought an assortment but they did not identify which breeds were included. my rooster is a black australorpe. ok.. that's us.. and 5 dogs, a couple snakes and a herd of mice.