My son wanted chickens. We live in WV and moved out of the city to the horse and cow farm area of town. I LOVE eggs, so we decided to buy some chickens for our son, who was 14 at the time. We started out with eight hens of different breeds, and then acquired a rooster from the neighbor...didn't know he was a rooster at the time. They were all young chicks. Three have been taken by either hawks or a large racoon we later caught. So now we have five hens. I've learned to really like them. The hens are ok, but I love the personality of our rooster. We call him Stanley. We just recently bought six more pullets, and have added two ducks to the mix. It's so interesting to get on this web site and read about other roosters and hens when we have a questions or problem!