Hi! I've been lurking the site for a while without joining. My spouse and I are new to chickens. I've owned ducks before, but chickens are a first. We have 4 right now, 2 Americans and 2...I don't know what. The guy told me they were called Giras, but the closest I can find is "Giro-hatch". Doesn't matter, they're going to be egg laying pets. My little American female has been laying every other day....the two younger "unknowns" haven't done much of anything but try to sit on the American's eggs. I'm going to go after work today to get three baby ducklings, because now I want to try them again too. Right now, that's where the bird fancy is going to end. I am toying with the idea of us growing chickens for food, but I'm not sure I could go through with killing them, although I've read through the great processing info here...It may be thought for the future. I'm not too sure about eating something I've named. We have horses, goats as well as dogs, cats and rabbits. So our critters keep us pretty busy. Well I'm not one for long drawn out intros, my name is Angie and I'm glad to be here and look forward to learning all there is to learn!