i have some basic q.s that while i may (or may not) find the answer in a book, i wonder about people's practical experience (you know things that all the theoretical writers don't seem to ever include in any detail) things that beginners can't know by virtue of being a beginner! how many peacocks are optimum (from a peas perspective, not the human keeping/cleaning) and in what combination (male/female)? or what about combinations of old/young? (i mean, i'm interested in getting them as chicks, maybe eggs, but i wonder for future reference and current planning). like, say you have 4 and 1 dies, do you have to run out and get another so that the dynamic doesn't change? i always read people referring to pairs or trios, but never the why. (again, this is mainly for future reference, so i can plot enough space for a future spot.) i think i've heard indian blue, but again i don't know why... the hardiness? but does that mean sickness wise or climate wise -or both (i am in new england, where it has been negative digits in recent nights). and speaking of climate, are they adaptable to being penned in bad weather (&/or do they prefer it)and being allowed to roam more in good weather? and what if i end up having to keep them penned more often than not (predators)? that is my #1 fear, with the chickens as well... that i will be able to keep them out less, depending upon weather, the neighbor's dog's mood, or season/scarce food for bobcats or whatever... (but the chickens really seem to prefer to stay 'close to home', so i'm wondering if the same is true for the peas) and speaking of health, i am concluding from what i've read, that it's advisable to keep chickens and peas separate? and of course, i am not just looking for DOs... any DON'Ts would be super too... maybe even more helpful for a beginner!