(1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens? - Well I suppose I've always liked chickens... I remember when I was about 4 years old, my Grandma would send me out to the hen house to gather the eggs. It was always exciting (and a bit scary) to slip my hand under the hens, or find eggs in nests. (2) How many chickens do you have right now? - I've got 25 pullets on the way (expected ~ June 15) (3) What breeds do you have? - 5 Buff Orpingtons 5 Ameraucanas 10 Red Stars 5 Buff Brahmas (4) How did you find out about BackYardChickens.com? - The same way I find everything else... the internet (5) What are some of your other hobbies? - I spend most of my days trying to stay above water. Life in general leaves little time for many hobbies right now. (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share. - The narcissist in me loves this part... I am a 27 (as of today in fact) year old wife and mother of a two year old. I currently teach 9th grade biology, and I'm darn good at it if I do say so myself. My husband spent 4 1/2 years serving our country in the US Marine Corps as an aircraft rescue firefighter and is considering returning to Iraq for a year as a civilian firefighter. We are trying to be more self-sufficient... I worked my butt off yesterday planting our little garden. At home I've got two outside cats, Mac and Kitty. I've also got a rat, Marie (named for Marie Curie), and two gerbils, Simon and Theodore. The rodents are classroom pets that my students absolutely adore. My son is perhaps the biggest animal lover (and inadvertent tormentor at times) in the family. He's always asking if we can go see the "ammals Momma! feed ammals!" That boy is the absolute most wonderful thing in my entire world... I've been researching the past month and lurking on the message boards for a few days now, and finally (as a birthday present to myself) ordered my chickens and signed up. Then I discovered there are ordinances against fowl in my city. Will that stop me? Not hardly. I'll raise my chickens and file for an agricultural exemption if I have to. There's more than that, but it's bed time. Work tomorrow... I look forward to learning all I can in the next 8 weeks or so!!