I am a 62 year old woman, and I live near Portland, Oregon with my 91 year old mother. My mother is absolutely adorable! She is in great health. She and I have very little money, but it is not a good time to sell property, and we love it here (My mom owned it for the past 70 years!). So, I am creating a small farm. The chickens so far have supported themselves, and I believe there is a market for as many eggs as I can generate for 4 dollars a dozen, which seems to be an acceptable price for a dozen here. I am thinking that since the eggs are so easy to sell, maybe I should get a few more hens! Our finances are very limited, but we do very well! A 60 year old friend moved in with us, too, in August, and he is helping me care for my house and yard. He had lived in the city in a little apartment for the past 40 years or so, and he told me he had not had a pet all that time. He does a lot of work, and he did not want anything, being grateful for the place to live, but, finally, he said he wanted a kitty. I took him to see a couple at Craig's List. Of course, both of the kitties sold themselves to him, and these two kittens joined our family. They are named: Pi Pi or Sweetie Pie and Tuffy Rascal. My friend is the most macho of guys, but he gave them these sweet names! He is an experience and skilled house painter, and he will go out on jobs as well as build a couple out buildings here for storing hay and other things. My friend also fell in love with the chickens, and he helps care for them. He always buys extra bread which he give the chickens. So, we have four little red hens just like in the old story, but they do not have to work hard to make the bread since it is provided for them! I have 7 hens and 2 roos. Description: 4 hens are RIR (Rhode Island Red) They live in coop consisting of a 4 by 4 house that is about 5 feet tall. Attached is a pyramid shaped run that is 14 feet long and 3 1/2 feet tall. They live with the Barred Plymouth Rock Roo. They are gentle and calm. One is crazy, and I love her for it. They love to eat, and, when in the mood, they will jump up about 6 inches straight up into the air to grab a bit of bread or apple. I found a nearby grocery store, which will give me their culled vegetables such as apple, lettuce, cuccumber, etc. I don't feed rotten stuff, but I give them lots of fresh things along with our own kitchen scraps. (And organic layer feed). Inside chain link dog fence that is 6 by 6 and 4 feet tall with a piece of plywood and a tarp over the top are three more hens and another rooster. 1 is Barred Plymouth Rock. She is a gentle soul and a great layer 1 is Buff Orphington She is wild and crazy. She is very beautiful, and I swear that sometimes she strikes me as KNOWING she is pretty-- a little vain. 1 is Aracauna. She and the two non RIRs above live together with the Easter Egger Roo. She was at first low on the pecking order, but she has pushed her way up and appears to be slightly the dominant hen in the set. She is red -- a bit of flame red. The roos are: Big fat Barred Plymouth Rock --He is strong, handsome and bold. You might see him as the CEO of a big company. He is out going, a good leader, very certain of himself. He is intelligent but not extraordinarlly so. He is the sort that every one likes. He will fight to get his way, and he will win if it is possible. And one which is maybe an Easter Egger. He is gentle, friendly, beautiful, arrogant. He is a bit like a fine artist or maybe the patron of one. I think he looks like an Italian Renaissance Prince, maybe one of the Medicis. With my friend's two kittens and my two grown up orange tabbies, we have 4 cats. I also have a bee hive, and I will get another in the spring. My friend and another guy built a tiny barn for me and a small fenced area where I plan to put two wether goats in the spring, too. Everything was build from scrap lumber I got at garage sales, from friends who had left overs, at Craigs or from building sites around here. It is interesting how well it all worked out! Same witht he fence: I bought it over a couple years at various garage sales! There used to be a perfect lawn and flower garden down there, but I just hate to mow and use herbicides so blackberries took over. I had it cut down, and the goats will keep it that way! I want to miniature or, more ideally, Nigerian Dwarfs. What else should I put out there? I thought of 2 ducks, 2 turkeys, 1 Shetland sheep, maybe a llama or alpaca (but these last two are so expensive) I have only about 1/2 acre that is not woods, river front or creek area.