I've been hulled out by the raccoons and oposums this winter. It's been awful. I've lost 18 pullets (meant to replace my old timers), 7 hens, 1 duck, and a few roosters. Most of it was their own fault because they wouldn't go into the coop (despite doing so for a while). I had some in trees and some just not go in. I had them trained like clockwork, but it didn't take for some reason. I suspect the bullying geese. However, the coon also got into the coop and took a few. It has left me with about three four year old hens, twelve three year old hens, and a few two and one year old hens. I'm a practical chicken keeper and enjoy a "working flock." What would you suggest I get or hatch to build that tough flock? Tough Flock Characteristics: **A few broody girls. Dependable and they don't have to lay many eggs. They just need to be able to brood and set. **A variety of egg layers. Some better for cold weather, some better for warm weather, and some that'd lay during tornado weather. **Good rangers. They gather their own grub, and will do well on it. **Aware of their surroundings. **A rooster that protects and leads the flock. **Some whose eggs will make good roosters/capons to slaughter. Good size, timely grow out, etc. **Cold and hot weather hardy. Won't fall dead because of -20 wind chills and will persist in 95 temps and humid. I pretty well under stand what I want. I just want to see if you folks have any suggestions or opinions on the matter. I'm thinking this... **3 Standard Cochins (Broody Mamas) **4 White Leghorns (Hot weather layers, EGGCELLENT Layer, and Rangers) **8 Dominiques (ALL of the above, my favorites personally) **8 White Rocks (Rooster included) **4 Buff Orpingtons **4 New Hampshire Red **8 Black Australorps (ALL of the above, another favorite) What would you add or take away from the list?