Hello, I just joined BYC after "lurking" for a while. My husband and I started our flock back last May after reading about all the great ideas on this forum. We got 6 Anconas and thing were great for about 3 months until Mr Bear came visiting one morning. Unfortunately we lost all six chickens. We immediately reinforced the coop and went out to get 6 new chicks - 3 Rhode Island Reds and 3 Plymouth White Rock. The girls are now about 22 weeks old and just starting to lay.