[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Hi All,[/FONT] I'm no stranger to chickens. I grew up on a hobby farm in east-coast Canada where we had 10 layers (not sure on the breed, but they were brown/red) and 20 broilers (white) along with every other tradition farm animal, except ducks. My husband and I moved to Portland, OR for work and have a decent-sized yard so thought we'd give chickens a try (neither of us are really "cat" or "dog" people). Last summer, we got 3 chicks- a Rhode Island Red, a Buff Orpington, & a Silver-laced Wyandotte so I lurked here a lot for tips on raising chicks. Sadly, 2 of the girls (the RIR & Orpington) were recently killed by a predator and our Wyandotte is the lone survivor. Our other shared hobby is vegetable gardening, and our baby son also gets a lot of loving. Glad to be here!