I'm wanting to get my first flock of chickens. I'm pretty sure I want to go ahead and get what I'm going to get instead of adding a little at a time. I'm thinking about getting 25 RIR, 10 leghorns, 8 EE, 6 Barred Rocks and a RIR roo. I know that the ratio will be a little off with only 1 roo, but I don't like the noise first thing in the morning since I work late and don't get to bed until about 1am. I figured with 1 roo he'll help protect the flock and can be penned up with some of the RIR hens when I want hatching eggs. I'll probably end up adding a few more here and there along the way, but thats what I'd like as a starter flock. I'm looking for feed back on what yall think about that as far as managing and breeds. My g/f has been raising chickens on alot larger scale for a few years now so I can turn to her for help if any problems arise. I'd be putting them in a 25x40-50 run. Even at the smaller 25x40 run size, with 50 birds that'd be 20sqft a bird. They'd also get some free range time, though I don't know if I'll be able to give them as much as I was orginally hoping. They'll be getting anywhere from a hour a day 3 to 4 days a week to 5 hours a days everyday. Depending on how well they stay on the property and if the hawks go after them much. I'm unsure on coop size, since it'll just be used for roosting. Let me know what you think about this setup. I'm justing waiting on the county to give the go ahead to raising chickens in my zoning.