My wife and I decided we had room in our yard for a few more hens. We went scrolling through craigslist just for fun, and someone was selling OEGB's (Silver Duckwings (SD) and Black Breasted Reds (BBR)). They were too cute to pass up, so this evening we went for a visit. We fell in love with the SDs. They were so adorable...couldn't be more than a pound each...and the Roo is absolutely gorgeous. The price was really reasonable to me ($7 each), so, we ended up coming home with all 9 SD's. He told me that 4 hens are 1.5 years, maybe less, and the other 4 are 2 years. They stopped laying for the winter but were giving an egg every other day or so during the spring/summer. This is my first time with banties and I am hoping that someone who has had OEGBs can give me some insight on what to expect from this mini-flock. I put them in a 8x4 A-frame brooder w/8' roost set at 5" high, thinking it would just be enough for them to sleep in. Now that they are in there I am seeing that there is a TON of extra space...these things are SMALL!! How reasonable is it to expect them to raise some chicks to increase their flock to about 16 or so, and is that amount of space reasonable considering that they'll be free-ranging most of the time (except the occasional weekend if we go out of town)? Is that Roo enough for the 8 hens? What can I expect as far as temperament, egg-laying, etc...?? I have had a few different breeds of regular hens (RIR, BR, Aust, EE, Leghorn, Wyandotte, Leghorns, etc...) so I've got the gist of it. I'm just wondering if these little banties are much different. Thanks for any and all insights!