This post could probably be in several categories so forgive me the wide-ranging quality of this... I plan to add approx. 12 more hens (plus one rooster) to my current flock of 18 (Buffs, Americauna, red and black stars) in the spring, when all can free-range and be out of each others' feathers. The reason for adding new birds is that I have found demand for my eggs to be high, with potential for more growth. I have a 8' X 8' coop which may end up being quite small for 30 birds; however, the run is more than big enough, with plans for expansion, plus they are free-ranged almost daily. I would definitely have to add more roost and consider building a kind of annex but would like as much as possible to make do with current footprint. As much as I love the variety, I am tempted to transition to a single-breed flock. Would gladly take suggestions for what that next breed should be; it should be dual purpose, with hopes that the resulting meat-at the two year mark-will be more broiler than stew-pot worthy. My current birds were bought in late April of this year and started laying in September. The plan is to add the new chicks next year, as early in the spring as possible (looks like this could be February if I go through an outfit like McMurray) and therefore have the whole flock of 30 producing eggs together for at least one whole year. The following year I would incubate a new batch also in the spring and cull the older birds as the new birds come into their first egg-laying month. I am also leaning towards buying eggs to incubate in the spring, vs. buying and would welcome comments about this side of the enterprise as well. I know this is a great deal of solicitation but I have to say, you folks have not let me down thus far and I imagine there's plenty of experience with this stuff out there. Grazie, mahalo, shukran and cheers to all.