I live in Ontario and probably have lots of questions that you have answered many of times to all the new farmers. First I want to say hello and hope I`m not to much of a pain. I live in the country so I dont have any problems with bylaws. I`ve been doing some reading on here and it can get a little confussing. I want to have dp birds. The roadisland reds. birds sound best for our cold temps. The one question is, getting 30 chicks keeping the hens for egg laying and using the males for meat. Do you have to castrate them or after 12 to 16 weeks harvest them. What`s the difference in the meat product. Also how long do you have the hens before they start to lay eggs. I was pretty young when my grandparents had the farm. I remember bits of feeding. basicly grain and mash with shell. Fress water every day. collect the eggs in the morning. Hopefully you can help me out with some of my questions. I plan on getting the chicks in May. Thanks for your help. Coralanna means Cory my son Al is me and Anna is my wife and it`s also the name of our boat.