Ive had chickens for about three years now. My original flock of 14 has both shrunk and grown, leaving me now with 15 chickens and 3 guineafowl. Normally much of my flock is picked off by predators- despite our best efforts, they run into the fence until they knock down part of it and walk over it. Last year, I had about five (?) birds when I bought more chicks. This works out for me, as I enjoy brooding and raising chicks, and the ones that make it through the year teach the next generation how to do so effectively. I try to keep only one rooster, this year one of my pullets was a rooster (Henry VIII III) but I luckily didn’t have to dispatch him, because my older rooster died. (rip Henry VIII II) This system works for me, and I thought I’d share it with others, to teach and to help ease the mourning of a dead bird— now there’s room for a new bird.