First, Hi all! I'm new here, and so far I have really enjoyed this site. I am planning to order chicks within the next week, but I have a few questions I hope someone can anwser. 1. I was thinking about getting 23 or 25 pullets and two roosers. Is this ratio ok? 2. Will two roosters make oodles of noise each morning? Do they play off each other crowing back and forth, or are they listening for other roosters in the distance? The two roosters will be Speckeled Sussex, and Partridge Rock. 3. The pulet breeds I am thinking about getting are Speckled Sussex, Delaware, Buff Orpington, Partridge Rock, Black Australorp, and Wyandotte. I choose these because I read they were cold tollerent, and friendly. I want them for layers, and friends, of course. I plan to free range them, but I am concerned as to whether these birds are the large kind that will eat tons of food. Is this true? It says their dual purpose, but I dont want little bantie eggs. 4. How concerned to I need to be about the roosters. I have little children around. I read these breeds of rooster are gental and non agressive. Does anyone have experience with these breeds? Thanks everyone in advance.