I'm not really new to raising chickens, but it's been quite a long time ago. This adventure with my chickens started this past June. I wanted 12 chicks, but I accidentally ordered 15 beautiful Golden Laced Wyondotte chicks and received 17. So I gave 5 of them to one of my students who already had several free range chickens. So, now I have 12 beauty queens. who have just started laying eggs. My chickens aren't backyard chickens. They are front yard organic weed eaters. I found BackYardChickens by searching for questions that I had about raising chicks and I kept being directed to this website. My other hobby is playing classical guitar and teaching 3 classical guitar orchestras. (60 kids) I'm a retired music teacher, so now that I've retired, I can have fun. Last spring my mother gave each of my 3 sisters and me $1,000. She wanted to see what each of us would do with her gift. One of my sisters went on a cruise, another bought a new wardrobe and my other sister used her's to visit her daughter in Seattle. I used mine to build a hen house and raise chickens. (My mother thought that I had fallen out of my tree.) She asked me if I had lost my mind. This has become a fantastic project that has involved my entire family. I have a small Chihuahua mix dog who is terrified of the chickens. The chickens chase him as well as the rabbits who used to come out of the woods into the yard. They even chase me when they think that I have a treat.