Hello, When I started out with chickens, I got myself 4 Light Sussex POL's and a cockerel. I thought that in the peak of laying 4 eggs a day would be plenty with a few to sell or barter with. Two weeks later I got myself three Isa Browns (I think they're production reds in the US) and five Pekin ducklings (I later got some muscovy ducklings as my Pekins where killed by a dog). I bred the Sussex and crossed the Isa Browns, and soon had loads of chicks. I swapped a spare cockerel for a beautiful bantam. I also started to breed my Muscovies. Basically I went poultry potty. At one time I had about 4O chickens or various ages, and 30 Muscovy ducks. I've now (with the help of a few foxes...gits) reduced my flock to 7 chickens and a few ducks. It's starting again though. In two weeks I'm going to double the size of my flock by adding two new breeds. They'll be going into temporary coops and runs, until I convert a 300 square foot shed for them. I'm also tempted to visit my friendly bantam breeder in the near future and get some Owl Beards. I'm one of those Poor People with Poultry Problems. So when you started out, how many did you start off with and how obsessed did you become? Are you also one of those Poor People with Poultry Problems?