Hello everyone. I'd like to take the time to thank you all for the wonderful help I've found through this website. A little about myself (I plan on using the forum very frequently, as I am studying with aspirations to become a DVM while later hoping to achieve a coveted position as an avian specialist working with poultry. Over the last 5 years, I've dedicated myself to animal welfare and research. I've worked with chickens, canines, avian wildlife, cattle, and feline friends. At the moment I'm self employed/student. I pet sit and practice rudimentary animal medicine on friends and those who cannot afford to see a doctor. I first got interested in chickens years ago, when I was 15 or 16. I went to a local feed store to get some dog food, as my mother had been harping how great it was in price compared to where I was going. It was there I saw some little buff ophingtons and instantly fell in love with the peeping little *******. The anatomy intrigued me, I noted immediately how their diet must have evolved to provide their largest organ, the liver. It's huge on a chicken! Unfortutely, my dreams were ended very shortly a few weeks later when my neighbors cat devoured her. That's how it goes, I guess. Here I am now, with 21 birds (20 female, 1 male. No the male isn't covering that many ladies, that's a lot a work!) who I attend to day and night. I sell birds who I personally do not like, but are healthy and productive none the less. Breeds I'm fond of are the Australorp, Wyandotte, and the barred rocks. I'm not fond of easter eggers or silkies. Here is some picture of my ladies.