So...my name is Andrea, we just moved onto 5 acres a couple months ago, and it has just so happened that 12 chicks are our first real foray into having a small farm! They are about a week only right now, and doing great. (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens? Brand new - see above. We got them one week ago. (2) How many chickens do you have right now? 12 chicks (3) What breeds do you have? Americauna and Barred Rock mostly. (4) How did you find out about BackYardChickens.com? I was doing a web search for chicken coop plans. Right now the chicks are causing all manner of trouble in a brooder box in our entryway, so we need a coop build soon! (5) What are some of your other hobbies? We are working on starting a big garden where no garden was before, saving an orchard that went a whole summer with no water, and fencing in pastures on 5 acres. I homeschool my kids, and work as a software developer. That doesn't leave much time for anything else! But when I have time, I love to read, write poetry, sing all sorts of music, hunt for frogs and snakes and interesting wildflowers, and pretend we are still living in the middle ages for a weekend (SCA). (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share. I have a 6 year old son with aspergers, an almost 2 year old daughter without, a great dane-ish dog (mixed with something), and a toothless, clawless 15 year old diabetic cat who would very much like to eat the chicks for dinner, but sadly for him, and fortunately for the chicks, can't figure out how to do so with neither teeth nor claws. And a husband, Felix - can't forget him! Anyway, looking forward to getting to know folks around here!