Hello everyone. I have been looking things up on BYC for quite awhile, love this site and all the wisdom here. You have all helped me out more times than you know! I finally decided to join when I had discovered a "lost" hen that had gone broody and was nearing the end of her confinement! I am happy to say that she and her 6 chicks are doing well, and are now safe from our many predators! We live in rural Alberta, although we are right on the edge of a small town. Too close for some things, although the neighbours are mostly okay with the roosters crowing! The first rooster we had was too loud even for us, and we had to keep him in the barn! Lol! We have a variety of larger animals, like horses, goats, pigs, and alpacas, but also have smaller ones like rabbits, chickens, geese, ducks, guinea fowl and now quail. But the geese have got to go, they are driving us all crazy! We may have a variety, but we have only been out in the country for 5 yrs, so we are still newbies at most of this. I was raised on a farm, my hubby in the city, so my farm blood has taken over lately. But it has been a lot of years since I lived there, and we didn't have a lot of these animals so I feel out of my league most of the time. Oh well, we are learning and having fun along the way, even if there are a few mishaps we would rather have avoided!