Hi. My name's Joe and I live in Hemet, CA. Ive been wanting some hens for a while now but my wife put her foot down stating that we have too many pets. I own a pet store. Im supposed to have a lot of pets, right? I have a big fenced in lot at my store, so i finally had a place to keep a flock. I started with four RIR's and added (2 each) banty's, leghorns and barred rocks. My ten girls just started laying. Im only getting three eggs a day on average, but with summer creeping in, I think production will increase. Im feeding them purina layena, regular scratch and meal worms. Every day about five o'clock, all the reds come up to the side glass doors and prance around waiting for me to come out with a handfull of mealworms. Theyre like dogs. I have a question for you experienced keepers. An old man at the feed store picked out the two rocks gor me by holding them up by the neck. He said if they struggle, they're male and if they just go limp, they're female. Have any of you heard of this method? We'll it worked. Not sure how scientific it is, but the two he picked out as hens, are infact hens. Anyway, glad I found thus site. Backyard chicjens is a great hobby.