Hello all. I ran across this forum today while searching for some information. My parents had chickens when I was very young (9 or 10) in Illinois. I think the most we had at one time was 15? About a year and a half ago my husband and I decided to give it a try out here. I have 3 boys who all love eggs so it seemed common sense. It's much more fun than I remember. Then again, I'm not having to trudge through 4 acres of snow with hot water anymore either I thought we were doing pretty good but since I have been reading some here, there are some things I am missing and would love to learn. We have Black stars, Ameraucanas (I probably spelled that wrong, they are "easter egg" chickens that lay blue and green), Rhode Island Reds, Cuckoo Marans, Buff Orpingtons, and just got some Leghorn chicks. Odd mix I know, but we wanted to see what worked out best for us. Mostly we wanted loads of eggs, lol. All my chickens are free rangers, except the little guys, too worried about mongoose and the hawks that circle to let them wander yet. Anyhoo, my BRILLIANT (cough) friend had a wild turkey nesting in her yard. When the eggs hatched she decided to take the babies, then decided it was way to much work and called me. So now I also have 7 turkey babies. In her defense, she was worried her dog was going to eat them. But they would probably still be better off with mom since I didnt know a thing about turkeys. Now I find out that my chickens can pass some nasty diseases to the turkeys thru worms? I didn't even know chickens had worms. Since we started I have only had one chicken die and that was thanks to a neighbors dog. Anyway, Im here to learn. And if anyone knows any more about this chicken turkey thing, please give me a heads up. This place seems great! Aloha!