When I decided to not seperate the Broodie hen and eggs from the flock I was worried it would not work out well.. I was Sure that when the chicks hatched that the other 29 hens and 2 roos would be a problem and pick on them or the mother. When the Second hen went broodie and started stealing the chicks to her nest box I thought I was in for problems. I have decided I worry way too much. The two broodies are doing a great job, the rest of the flock is not bothered at all by the chicks running around the coop they pay them little if any attention at all, and Both the mothers seem to Share in the joy of motherhood in a joint effort. All of the chicks are healthy and running around having a good old time.. All goes well in the hen house/brooder.. My Son was set on getting at least one chicken to take home from the Lebanon show. He Ended up picking out a bantam Belgian d'Uccle girl. She is a cool looking chicken other than that I do not see a whole lot of use for her, but he is happy and that is what is important..... I Saw the nicely feathered Barred Rock cockerals at the sale table and I was sure I wanted one.. I then changed my mind. Here is A Shocker, I like my hatchery style Production Barred rocks better. Logic tells me that just because neat looking feathers are what is judged in a show Production of eggs is what is important to me. I can not justify why a bird that lays less eggs per year but has longer feathers would ever be better than the same breed of bird that produces more eggs.. After being at the show I realize that I am a Hatchery Bird type of guy now. The thing I enjoy most about my chickens is collecting 130+ eggs a week. I sell the eggs at work for $2.50 a dozen and have no problem keeping all my eggs sold, in fact most of the time have a waiting list. Selling the eggs offsets the cost of the feed and bedding for the chickens to the point where I am about breaking even + or - a little here and there. I am going to step it up this Spring. I plan to begin Production of 2 or 3 Chicken tractors in December the tractors I plan to build will be 6'x12' and each house 12-15 LF. This will give me the room I need to seperate some breeds for some fun breeding experiments next summer. MMM nothing like chicken math in the morning... Have a Nice day everyone. Be happy.