My cot chicks should be ready to pick up next week as 2 day olds from a local breeder. I am hoping to start with 8 hens for two breeding groups. I think I have myself convinced that 18 is the magic number to likely get me there. What ratios have you started with and how lucky/successful/unlucky was your choice? I read of one unlucky guy who hatched 19 males /w 0 males. So how have your numbers gamble paid off?