Hi all, I'm Ed. My roommate and I have two Barred Rock hens and a rooster that we got as chicks last March. I'm very much a city boy, and I'm surprised at how much I'm enjoying raising them ... and growing veggies and flowers, and composting, and other backyard adventures. The chickens seem healthy and happy so far; we're a bit worried about how they'll do over the winter, but we have time to figure that out. Any advice there is welcome! We get two eggs a day on average and the hens are very sweet (the rooster, of course, is a jerk). We also have two dogs and a cat, which mostly leave the chickens alone, thankfully. The cat and smaller dog are scared of the rooster and the bigger dog is well behaved around them ... as long as the rooster doesn't go after her first! My roommate also has an 18 month old that the rooster thinks of as a serious threat. He actively goes after the boy sometimes and it's a chore to keep them separate. Looking forward to sharing stories and info on here. -- Ed .