Hello. I'm a new member, and a brand new chicken mama. I've wanted chickens all my life, and finally received my first baby chicks in the mail the spring of 2011. They have been as fun and entertaining as I expected. But now that they're big, eat a lot, and poop even more, I'm ready for some eggs!
Sadly as I write this post, this was the first day we lost two chickens to a fox. We lost one of our mille fleur d'uccle bantams, and a porcelain d'uccle. The little porcelain was our favorite of all 21 chickens. She would come when I called, and loved to be held and petted. She'd drift right to sleep as we held her. Who ever said chickens were mean and nasty? She was our friendliest little hen by far, and we're so sad to lose her. By "we" I mean me, my five-year-old daughter, and even my husband who was never crazy about the idea of chickens running around. He's changed his mind.
But we still have a fantastic assortment of bantams and standards, and anxiously await our first eggs. We have one mille fleur and one porcelain left, 2 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Speckled Sussexes, 2 Rhode Island Reds, 2 Aracaunas, 2 Silver-laced Wyandottes, one Blue-laced Red Wyandotte, 2 White Rocks, a Mottled Cochin bantam, 2 golden-laced cochin bantam roosters (whether these two gents stay much longer is yet to be determined), and one little adorable bantam Rhode Island Red rooster. I'm determined to keep him.

Will post photos later....