Ive been raising chickens now for a couple years. Have gotten some useful information from this board before, so fgured i shoudl go ahead and join, maybe give back to the community. As I said, I have been raising chickens for a couple years now. I've had as many as 100 chickens at once, and right now I am down to 5 hens. I've raised rhode island reds barred rocks, ameraucanas, leghorns, and cornish crosses. I raise them free range, although the crosses didn't do very good on forage. Next spring I am planning on my first micro scale commercial flock, Ill be ordering 300 chicks, 200 pullets and 100 bonus chicks. These will be kept in a fenced area though so I may go with a production variety.