(Not sure exactly where to post this question, but it deals *mostly* with egglaying and care. Sorry if it's not the right spot!) Hello, forum! Simple and quick opinion question: What do you feel is the most comfortable-sized, backyard flock for one person to care for? We are a family of four, living in a single-family residential home on a half-acre. I'd like to get enough eggs for a family of four, some leftovers are okay. I'd like to have one rooster for flock protection. I am currently incubating three d'Uccle eggs. At what number did you find (or do you think) chickens become less "pet" and more "chore"? And please, I don't mean to offend anyone in saying that you don't love your little guys and gals. I just don't want to find myself overwhelmed and regretful down the road. I have dogs I don't mind feeding and cleaning up after, but that doesn't mean I'd want 50 of them, you know what I mean? I don't want too few hens for a rooster, but I also don't want too-big a flock. I've read on the forum that a single roo could be "too much" for just one or two hens. Thanks for any advice!