I'm not actually new to chickens or to BYC...have been lurking for a long time, then finally joined last year and continued lurking...I've been tempted to respond to questions lately and realized that might be weird if I never introduced myself!
I grew up around chickens and so did my husband...my mom always had at least a couple hens no matter where we lived (all over the US) and my husband grew up on a farm. So we've pretty much "got it" but we are always learning.
We are definitely learning with our own flock...we have 18 hens, pullets and chicks now--more than I've ever had and at times a challenge in the city for my country boy husband. Our goal is to make some decisions as the latest batch of chicks mature and re-home or process 6 for a total of 12 laying hens.
We also have 3 kids, 2 dogs, and way too many to-do lists. . I have enjoyed reading the many threads here and hope to actually begin contributing now that I've made my first post.