So I've been stalking this website for almost 2 years now and decided to finally come out of the shadows. I started my flock last spring, 10 chicks turned into 20 within a week, and a few months later we had 33. A few security issues (raccoons and my kid's golden retriever puppy) and several stews later, I'm down to 20 layers, 1 RiR rooster, and 2 pekin ducks. All security issues are handled, the coop is solid (60 sf inside, 320 sf outside) and guarded by 3 very well-trained (finally!) dogs, and now I'm planning my broiler flock. I just put in my order from Welp Hatchery for 25 more chicks (5 white rock males and 5 females, 5 Delaware males and 5 females, and 5 Dark Cornish males). The plan is to start my broiler flock, and with some fun experimentation I hope to cross the Cornish roos with the white rock and Delaware hens to get a sturdy meat bird that will supplement our grocery shopping. I'm in the process of putting together a small 48 sf mobile coop that will house the chicks, separated inside to keep the different sizes/cycles apart. Small enough to keep them from flapping and running, but still offering some "free range" greens and proteins. I've read about "chicken math" and promised myself and my wife that I would never subscribe to such a lifestyle - and now here we are. My wife has made peace with it, and she's happy with the manure they provide to her garden. And the kid loves the chickens, which is important.