Hi, my name is Bekah. I am a full time stay at home mom living in the beautiful mountains of NC with my 2 kids (ages 4 and 2), my husband, a cat, and a total of 15 chickens. Eleven of my chickens are around 12 weeks old and are Barred Rocks, Black Australorps, Sex-Links, and a Buff Orpington. I also have 4 two week old chicks in my house living in a big tote and they are Buff Orpingtons and RIRs. I love my chickens more than I thought possible and although they are "just chickens" (said my husband) they are a part of the family! I've had one casualty thus far and I cried like a little baby! There's still a lot of work ahead of us with regards to setting up a safe, permanent run and building the nest boxes, but it's so worth it! Right now, my bigger girls and roo are free ranging our 2/3 acre while we are home and they are loving it! My cat, on the other hand, hates them and sees them as possible dinner! I'm keeping my eye on that cat! I am appreciative of this website and all of you chicken keepers out there! Prior to getting our chicks, I came to this site regularly to do research. Your wisdom has been so valuable to me! This time last year, keeping chickens was just a dream and I'm proud to say that dream's come true, with the help of this site!