I have been keeping chickens for quite a few years now and enjoy them. I started with buff orpingtons and wanted to breed some but the roosters I ended up with were always so aggressive that I gave them away. I would still like to have some babies but the roosters always end up just tearing me and the hens up so I just keep hens now. Right now I only have 4 girls left, we seem to have a lot of predators here at our new house. I had gotten 10 gold lace Wyandottes about 5 years ago. They were awful to each other and picked at each other all the time. I am really kind of glad they all are gone now and I am back to orpingtons and they are so much easier to deal with. I think these hens are sick or something as they just stopped laying in the middle of the summer and are starting to eat less now. I am still watching them and hope they make it through the winter. I now have a wonderful coop for them with lots of ventilation and a cement floor so I can keep it clean and nice. They get out a lot and we have 5 acres for them to roam and find lots of bugs to eat. Well that is me and my tiny flock for now.