I started out small, one roo, named Lzhini (Dine for black) and four hens. Some mistakes early on and I lost one hen to a hawk. Now I have 9 hens, and the same bad-ass roo. My flock began with Astrolorps and I had one successful hatch. I have since added a Leghorn, Sassy; A Wellsumer (I think), Willa; an Easter Egger, Essie and a girl who was unhappy in her other home, but is very happy here, Ophie. Ophie is a Bantam and I think Buff Orpington mix. Though she has a white ear, she lays light brown eggs.The other girls are Two-Feather, Molly, Hidin' Heidi, Wonder and ?. I forget. In the eves when it is warm, they come to the back porch for treats: raisins, meal worms and such. I got my chickens mostly for the garden, to deter bugs. But I have become enamored of them for all the other things they do!