I've come here for answers off and on over the last year or so, when we bought our first flock. A little back story on me, dh and I have just a small family farm. Chickens were our first addition, well and our duck. I currently have mostly RIR and EE with a lone Barred Rock. I grew up with chickens and they are my favorite of the barnyard animals, not to mention my gals pay for the feed for other animals, great pest control, free manure and much more pleasant to listen to than the garbage disposal. Our duck is a Rouen. The story behind him (we lost his mate) is that one of my sons is convinced it's not a farm unless there's ducks. Dougall is his duck. However, Dougall is convinced he's a chicken, it's been an interesting Spring around here this year. Dh has enjoyed him so much that he wants a few more ducks. Somehow I managed to pick all hens for laying stock, although I've since found out who got all the roosters. That threw me into selling eggs a little sooner than I'd planned on, but it's worked out for the best. I'm currently running at 19 hens, we've lost 2 to roaming dogs (my gals are free ranged).