I have had conflicting advise. Someone told me to start with about 15 hens and 1 rooster to start for the eggs and when my cliental started growing to get more chickens *** I need more demand, but someone else told me to start with 20-25 laying hens and 2 roosters and start with both feet running. I have two concerns with each for the gradually get new one it's the introducing of new chickens and the time it takes. for the get them all at once it worries me that in a few year I will have 25 chickens that aren't laying. as for the meat chickens I'll wait until I have an adult flock of hens and get some red rangers. If anyone can help me I'd appreciate it.