I'm probably going to start rambling, but here goes. First of all, do very many BYCers just breed their own replacement chicks or does most everyone go out and buy new chicks to replenish their laying hens? Also, at what age of my established flock should I start breeding replacements. My girls are only a year old right now, but I don't want to wait to long. Plus I also have a broody right now. I was also wondering how many roos per number of hens. I read for heavy breeds 1 roo per 8 hens. Right now I have 1 RIR roo for 12 hens (less 1 broody, so I guess 11 hens). Thinking about getting a BO roo, keeping him with my BO hens and keeping Herbie (RIR roo. Nebraska Cornhusker fans go figure ) with my RIR and white leghorn hens. Also, will this be a problem having two roos with 12 hens. Don't want roos to fight and hurt each other or any of the girls. (Herbie can be kind of a butt head especially toward my husband and kids.) Thinking about replacing him with one of his offspring. (Thought raising a roo from a chick might make him more docile?) Any and all input would be very much appreciated. PS: Good to be back. Haven't posted for a while got busy with other things, but am going to try to be better about keeping up with BYC. We'll see what happens.