Hi - I keep coming to read up and decided I ought to join. I have three hens (silkie cross) from one friend, two really passive roos (faverelle cross) from another who runs all species of birds together free range without conflict among the various toms and ganders and roosters...and an incubator full of 24 maybes. I gave up on the boys ever becoming mensch. So... I just accepted a Swedish Flower roo who KNOWS he's a rooster. If this works less well than I expect, I'll put up barriers and run parallel flocks. I WANT the cold hardiness from the SFC! My property is ravine/forest so I have a wide variety of predators - thus, my coop is Fort Cluck. 3.5' tall cinderblock, rebar, rammed earth with pallets to make it up to 7', a clear panel roof screwed down, netting over all openings and chicken wire across the floor...it's a 7x7 box. I come from farm stock (Enumclaw) but starting out on my own now that I have health needs for safer meat. I'm a teacher (disabled), editor, and author. So...that's me.