My kids and I have 13 laying hens and a production red rooster. The hens are production & Rhode Island reds, buffs, an austrolorp, a banty, a leghorn, and a black sex link. We've had them about 4 years and add a few new store bought chicks every year when we have a broody. Most of ours are pets. They free range in the day. We get a big kick out of them, and enjoy all their different personalites. Thanks for your forum. I often use it for chicken info, but now have an ongoing problem to ask advice on.