Who knew I would be able to keep over 2 dozen chickens of various breeds alive and thriving?!?! We just finished retagging our flock with colored zipties and doing health check at same time. I swear I was going to struggle but I am so happy to say I'm really not. If I can do this, anyone can. The only problem is our bantam roo who is trying to kill me and has already earned his all expense paid trip to freezer camp if quarantine time out doesn't change his behavior soon. DH likes him so we are negotiating, He will be the one taking him to camp so...we'll see. So far we have only lost one chick the day after delivery by post office, no idea why she showed no signs. We lost the other bantam roo at 6wks due to my "security" mistake. (Sorry Carl) We have 2/4 from the older batch laying and 24 younger ones are about a month behind so pretty soon we should be adding a whole lot of eggs to the daily basket. We can't wait. Nothing serious healthwise has beseiged our lovely flock, so far no predators except that darn cat (sorry again, Carl). Chicken math is striking hard though and we are already planning on adding some color to the eggs next time. First, we need to enlarge the run to double the space. They start free range soon so maybe if we don't get that run extended before winter *gasp* they can still have time outdoors.