Hi, i am so excited to be here. We bought our chicks at 1-2 weeks old mid march and they are thriving. Since then every time I have had a question and google; BYC has come up with the best information. Cannot believe it has taken me this long to join. My name is Catherine and live in Essex VT. We; my fiance Wiilam and 3 girls have 2 dogs, 2 dwarf nigerian goats, 2 horses and one rabbit besides our 37 chickens! Just found my first egg!!! Still so many questions being my first time raising chicks. Hers's my most urgent issue: when we stopped by tractor supply store for the chicks it was my youngest daughters birthday and just had to have a chick of her own: hence the 37 chickens. I just wanted layers for eggs to have. They are a mix of red leg horns and something else..So the 37th chick was a silkie. And believe it or not with the 80% guarantee female I think we have 36 hens and one rooster which happens to be the Silkie. Still trying to figure out if i have any red roosters. I think he is beautiful but starting to dominate the hens. When they were younger all the others ganged up on him making him bleed. We separated him by putting him in a cage inside the coop until he healed. I felt so bad I let him out back into the flock. Now he is so much bigger than everyone else. would it be a bad thing to have a rooster of another breed? So looking forward hearing from everyone; I love my pretty birds.