I started with 6 chicks last year, built my own coop and have them free range on about 1 acre of land. I did loose one- my Buff Orpington. Still have a Barred Plymouth Rook- (Chloe), a Silver Laced (Jane) and a Golden Laced (Mary) Wyandotte, a Speckled Sussex (Elli) and a greyish Ameraucana (Leila). This year I got a banty blue laced Wyandotte rooster from a friend who lives in the city and couldn't keep him. My Speckled Sussex has been broody twice in the spring and then shortly after we got the rooster again- this time I let her sit on the eggs and she hatched out six little ones in August of this year. Three of them were hens and three of them are roosters. My hens (except for the little new ones) are full sized hens- the rooster as I mentioned is a banty. His name is Shorty At the moment momma hen is seemingly starting to go broody again- as I find her trying to build a nest in my greenhouse. The greenhouse is on the other side of the fence, quite a ways away from the other hens. this is nothing new- since she seems to find odd places to make her nest. The eggs I let her hatch- she had in my strawberry patch... ?... I decided to separate the 4 roosters from the hens last week. Thinking the little roosters will start their teenage hormones pretty soon and finding it kind of wrong that they might do it with their sisters... I know it wouldn't be a problem really, but still somehow that doesn't seem right. anyways- figured I needed an outlet for people who also enjoy their chickens and all the little silly quirky things they do. I am sure that I am not the only one that talks to her chickens so, until later with updates on what momma hen is doing in my greenhouse- have a great time with whatever you guys are doing.