I have just started my first flock and I think my boys are starting to show themselves. What I think I have so far is 1 campine pullet, 4 barred rock pullets and 1 barred rock cockerel, 1 leghorn pullet and 1 leghorn cockerel, 8 rhode island red pullets. That gives me an estimated 14 pullets and 2 cockerels. I say estimated because my sex picking skills are questionable, haha. I have heard that the best ratio is 1 roo to 10 hens. Do you think I would be pushing it to leave both roo's? I know 3 is not a good idea but would 2 be so bad? Another question for all you seasoned professionals... is it not a good idea to let a hen try and hatch chicks until she gets older? I guess a better question is if we even have any power over that? Will she eventually go broody if you dont pick up eggs or do you have to just wait for her to start? I know with dogs it's not the best idea to breed them on their first time in because usually they are too young and it is hard on them. Didn't know if age played a factor with chickens too. Not so much with their health but if they made better mommas the older they were? Also I have a coop where everyone stays and currently building a good sized run for them. But since we live so far out of town and have lots of open land could I just let them free range and try to heard them up at night? I have no loose dogs but I am sure there are lots of natural predators. It just that it seems the most natural way to do things but I dont want them wandering off and not coming back. They are still young but I'm already attached! LOL. So that was way more than I planned on asking but any advice on any topic would be great! And thanks so much for all the awesome advice I have read on here already. Chickens Rock but the people who own them are Awesome Too!!!!