Greetings Everyone, I would like to begin by stating after finding this site in February I purchased four Rhode Island Red chicks. This site made raising chickens look like fun, so I did it, and want to take it to the next level. The problem I had from the beginning was I live in a development with a HOA which hates chickens!! I dont care much for people telling me want I can and can not do, so I got the chickens, and have kept them hidden for 9 months. Well, no more cloaking chickens! My wife and I are moving and Im going to increase my flock (no HOA). Our new house has a carport type house/shed that can cover a couple of tractors and an RV. I should be able to erect a 500 sq ft chicken coop using a portion of the preexisting structure and provide 2 acres of free range space. If you dont mind I would also like to ask my first question? I currently have 4 RIRs and they are great, 3 to 4 eggs a day (4 eggs for 20 days straight). I could increase my flock by buying more RIRs, but I have been reading about buff orpington chickens and wanted to know if they can coexist? My goal would be to have 15 RIRs and 15 orpintons, with one rooster for each. If they can coexist, I could have chicks from both breeds every season. I know its still winter, but I like planning, and being organized. Thank you for any assistance.