It's been a while, but here's an update on my twelve-bird flock: -The birds all look like they're doing well! -Four eggs in five days! They're probably from the Sussex and I find 'em in the dusting box. I'm changing to a layer feed (AgLand from the local co-op) - I think the youngest birds are about old enough (a little over four months old). -Look like I have two roosters with 2-4 'alpha' females! The oldest rooster is the Silver Laced Wyandotte I got to keep the Sussex company; one of the Rhode Island Red is a male, too; and the 'alpha' females are pretty feisty - especially toward the Barnevelder. -The SLW has been crowing for nearly two weeks, is definitely the Alpha bird...and has been trying to mate with the Sussex most often, but has tried to mount a couple of the (too young yet?) RIRs. I've seen the other male try to mate with a RIR, but he seems pretty subdued. (I don't want any new 'chicklets' running around, so I'm looking to rehome the males and at least two of the female RIRs.) -They all seem to have their voices, with some more quiet than others. Several sound like they're kinda underwater (a 'borborygmus' tone to 'em), and about half show their displeasure with louder sounds (hammering, the SLW crowing, running the Allis-Chalmers tractors). I find myself spending too much time just watching their behaviors. They're quite entertaining, seem smart and kinda dumb at the same time, but knows who brings their food to 'em! (Wonder if I'm still a "New Egg"? I'll see when I post! ) Y'all take care!