Greetings All! Having recently retired, I decided to have my own little backyard flock. Living on a farm, we have had chickens in the past as well as guineas, ducks, geese and peafowl. Despite all that experience, I have found BYC invaluable for getting info from experienced chickeneers. I currently have a 14 chicken flock of banty cochins and 1 oddball silky obtained from MurrayMcMurray as a mixed straight run. As far as I can tell I have a Golden Laced Roo and 3 golden laced pullets, a pair of reds, a pair of barred, a pair of blue, 1 black roo, a black frizzle pullet, a white frizzle pullet, and a buff pullet. The silky is a buff color with a stripe pattern in it's wing feathers. Spending the time to handle them and feed them out of my hand from the time they were chick chicks has paid off for sure as they seem friendly and don't mind too much being touched. I have a sturdy coop and a good chain link run, netted across the top and it all seems to be working well. We are well aware of the predators in the neighborhood, raccoons, skunks, barred owls, hawks, and coyotes, so free ranging may not be an option. The flock has a little goat and some table bound turkeys for back yard neighbors. I know I will need to reduce my rooster population, that will be a tough one as they are all so darned cute! Anyway, that is me. 1 Hubby, 3 children, 2 granddaughters, 2 pugs, a goat, turkeys and a flock of banty cochins!