Hi all, I have had chickens for exactly one year now and have come to Backyard Chickens repeatedly for information but never introduced or posted. I presently have 12 one year old chicks: 2 buff Orpingtons, 2 Bard rocks, 3 Americainas, 1 Jersey Giant, 1 buff Brahma, 2 Comets, and 1 partridge rock Rooster. So far my flock is growing with the following chicks this year: 4 mixed breeds my friend hatched from my eggs, 3 Rhode Island Reds, 3 Buff orpingtons, and 2 more Bards Rocks. I have on order: 4 Austrolorps and 3 Copper Marans which are supposed to arrive next week. I am running out of Coop space so for now, this may be it. My plan is to eventually have a small, egg farm with free range chicks. I would hope to make their feed money and some extra. We will see. Now I am limited to my coop size, which is 8 by 8 by 7 ft tall. All of my birds now roost in the rafters- so there is plenty of roost space- not so much left in the rafters . I live in Rural central NJ, on a small farm with several horses, my chicks, 3 barn cats and a Cocker Spaniel. I am surrounded by lots of farmland. I really appreciate this site and the advice that every one is so generous with. I have always found the answers to my questions without having to ask myself! Until yesterday when I had a hen lay eggs outside the coop for the first time. I found a pile of 4 in the hay room. Many people came to my aid with great suggestions, and I thank them! Thanks for Backyard Chickens.