12 4 week old chicks were relocated to my porch this past June. A kindergarten hatched them and needed a home at schools end. Yours truly brained stormed my sister a veteran hen keeper could use a dozen birds. Before I could say chicks she got wind of it and nixed the idea. Now they are all mine, six roosters and six hens. The state tested for diseases so I could move the roosters to a new home( not to be eaten home). They are clean. The boys are still here on probation for future behavior. We named all 12, hold them, use them for anxiety relief by listening to night cooing and watching daily antics. Taking one day at a time reading BYC info and checking the blog for experiences hands on. Thanks.