Right before September, I moved onto my parents' land with my husband and four boys. Little did I know that my destiny involved caring for poultry, but with the move, came such responsibilities. My father had several variety of hen and rooster, from chicken to quail and guinea. What he did not have, was ample time for the work involved in caring for the fowl, and that's where my boys and I came into play. It didn't take too long for me to warm up to the idea and to see how interesting 'the chicken life' could be. I've since gone a little chicken-crazy, as it seems many who dive into the chicken's microcosms, tend to do. It's hard not to enjoy their company, daily, while feeding, watering and cleaning up after them. But why am I telling you this? You already know how fabulous chicken farming is. We have both caged and free-range birds. We have aruacanas, marans, ameraucanas, reds, sultans, polish varieties, a silkie, as well as d'Uccles, d'Anvers, many quail and 4 guinea. We feed them a mix of greens from our organic garden, as well as hen scratch, pullet crumbles, and crushed milo and corn. We incubate our eggs and we cull our extra roosters. We also have 5 rabbits, 3 does and 2 bucks, and two of our does just gave birth to their first kits. One lost her entire litter, yesterday, due to inexperience...she did not keep them warm enough over night. As mentioned above, I am the mother of four growing young men, ranging in age from 11 to almost 17. Needless to say, our house stinks and I'm in a constant state of near-insanity, as my husband works 7 on/7off, and is out of pocket for a little over half a year, every year...which brought me to land here, on the farm. At least with my parents nearby, my boys will be held more accountable than when I was going it alone. I have already learned from this site and look forward to learning more, as well as getting to know other Crazy Chicken People. Until then, this is the SpaceChicky signing OUT!