Hi, my pseudonym is 'Cockahoop' and I am writing to introduce myself. I am a sixty three year old man and I have kept chickens for a dozen years with varying degrees of success. I currently have seven Pekin Bantams (six hens and a cockerel) and a further seven crossbred hens and two cockerels kept in two separate runs. I started keeping poultry because a builder friend of mine, clearing a site for development, came across a large 1930s field hen house and in a mutual moment of weakness he offered it and I accepted it. After renovation it became home to a half a dozen partridge pekin bantams and through natural breeding rose to a flock of twenty before 'charlie' killed them all, so I started all over again. I know little about poultry health issues because I have been very lucky in rarely having illness in my flock, until the last year or so. However I will ask questions relevent to these issues on the appropriate sections. In the meantime I will continue to read the many informed and interesting posts on this site, as I have off and on for several years.