Hi Folks, I am new here and glad I found this site. We have chickens more as something to do and as a novelty. We live/take care of a 130 acre farm. We have the chickens just because we can. I purchased 5 Red Ranger Chickens the other day. I bought them just because I liked the looks of them. They will be free ranged with our other 6 laying hens and I will keep you folks informed as to how they work out. So far the chickens are doing well and are very submissive to the other chickens. They are eating the larger pieces of cracked corn that the smaller Rhode Island reds and Plymouth rocks don't care for. They are eating cracked corn, laying mash, and wild apples all over the place.At this point I have no idea how much they are eating. After I get them out today to free range with the other chickens I will try to figure out how much they will eat. I am hoping with the free range exercise they will not get to fat. Of course they were penned up and they have had very little room to get any kind of exercise or movement. We have been blessed and we have not lost one chicken during the day time free range. I used to lock the chickens up in a small 20 x 20 covered pen at night attached to their chicken house.. A coon got in the pen one night and killed one of the chickens. I lock them up in the building at night now. I will try to figure out how much the eggs cost but I have a feeling they will be good to look at and not even break even with the eggs. A neighbor has had a hawk take 2 of her smaller laying chickens. I bet a hawk won't go after these big chickens. P.S. My wife has the chickens so spoiled that the chickens lay around and on her feet when she goes outside to sit and read a book.