I got my first three chickens in 2015 and have kept a little flock since then. It’s been quite a learning curve, with a high rate of perdition as well as unexpected additions. Right now I have five chickens: Coucou de Rennes Marans (Black Copper) Welsumer Australorp Araucana / mix We also have three handsome roosters who live in the dog run, apart from the chickens. (It is a huge run, with plenty of foliage, rocks and bushes.) Incidentally, I didn’t want any roosters, which is why I bought two more chickens in 2017: Bina, a Pita Pinta Asturiana and Gina, an Euskal Oiola. However, it transpired that Bina was actually a Bob, and we didn’t see a single egg from Gina until well after she emerged from her hiding place with a brood of 12 chicks. Athos, Porthos and Aramis are the remaining survivors. The primary reason for getting chickens was to have fresh organic eggs from contented chickens with ample space to forage. I also reckoned they would help keep the (wild) grass down and provide fertiliser. I have grown to really enjoy having them around, I find them such curious creatures to observe! Small feathery dinosaurs with continual noggin bobbing and the uncanny ability to keep their eyes and head all but motionless at one level, while the lower body moves up, down and around - that bit never gets old! Vigilant, efficient killers of little creatures yet vulnerable, easy prey to larger ones. Such contrasts! They have their individual preferences and personalities... plus they provide eggs! What’s not to love?! I enjoy photography and different art projects, as well as being in nature. My husband and I belong to a Bengal cat and three dogs: a Spanish Mastiff, a Beauceron and a mystery mix (who is responsible for a significant chunk of our chicken losses). I’ve been using BYC as a resource since I got my first chickens and thought it was about time to sign up for an account!