Howdy all. I've been searching/reading this site for a few months now. I started my first flock in mid-June with 42 straight-run day-old chicks (ordered 40, but they threw in a couple extra). I lost one to exposure at 4-weeks, and have butchered 14 roosters. I'm now at what I hope will be the flock for the winter, with 4 roosters, and 23 hens. The 4 roosters are made up of 2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 Plymouth Barred Rock, and 1 Golden Laced Wyandotte. I would be down to 1 Buff Orpington, but the nieces, nephews, and wife went and named the runt of the flock, "Teeny," when the chicks were all small little yellow puff-balls in our garage. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping the 4 roosters can get along well enough that it isn't necessary to cull any more of them. For the hens, 16 are Buff Orpington's, 4 are Barred Rock, and 3 are Wyandottes. They started laying on the 16th, and I'm busy collecting eggs throughout the day while they learn to use the nest boxes, working to make sure I don't end up with broken eggs and subsequently egg-eating chickens. Today I realized I may want to post a question or two in the forums, and it occurred to me I hadn't actually "joined" the site. So here I am. See you all around.