Okay, I admit it -- I have no impulse control when it comes to chickens! Started with 9 in June -- two NH red, 6 assorted rocks, and my lovely cuckoo marans roo. Well, clearly that was nowhere near enough chickens, so I hatched out some marans/rock mutts on Aug. 22 (great, sweet birds and OMG, they're HUGE! I'm hoping they'll lay the same enormous jumbo eggs mama white rock does...) And, since I was going to have baby chicks anyway, I got six more pullets from Meyer and a NH roo so I can make sex-links next spring to go with my new hatchlings WELL! I still didn't have a speckled sussex or any delawares, both of which I really wanted to try, and I just HAD to get a couple of cuckoo marans pullets for my big handsome roo... LOL! I think we all know how this story goes. Just went to pick up my last batch of chicks for this year (plus I have eight more marans/rock crosses just breaking into their air sacs in the incubator.) So now I have 43 chickens of 18 assorted breeds. ACK! But but but, see, when I went to pick the chicks up at Meyer hatchery, they had extras from last week still, including 3 Welsummer pullets (I got two of 'em), an ancona, and about eighteen black copper marans pullets -- for $1.50 each! So if you're in the Ashland/Polk OH area, it might be worth dashing over there to grab the remainders ;-) I could only take two of the BCMs, much as I wanted more -- out of money for the day and WAAAAY out of room! Hens 2 partridge rock 2 barred rock 1 white rock 1 speckled sussex 1 white jersey giant 1 golden lakenvelder 1 buff brahma 1 NH red 1 silver spangled hamburg 1 ancona 2 delawares 2 australorps 2 cuckoo marans 2 welsummers 2 RIRs 2 columbian wyandotte 2 silver-laced wyandotte (although one of them is looking suspiciously roo-ish) 2 BCM 3 marans/rock cross Roos 1 cuckoo marans 1 NH red 3 marans/rock cross Chickens and chickens and chickens, oh my! Now I just need some exchequer leghorns, a couple polish or maybe some houdans, some GLWs , maybe a faverolle or two just for fun, and I really, really want some chocolate orpingtons -- and coronation sussex! Gotta get some coronation sussex... I mean, how do I know which breeds I'll like the best until I've tried 'em all, right??? Just got a bigger cooler to make another incubator. Should hold about 4 dozen eggs come spring Two of my marans/rock crosses at 2 days old. Now, at six weeks, they're nearly the size of my full-grown rocks!