Hello! My name is Audrey and I live in the Salt Lake Valley. This month marks the third anniversary of adding backyard chickens to my life. I still have all five members of my original flock and they are all happy, healthy, going strong and giving me more eggs a week than I know what to do with. Over the course of those three years I have added to those first five (because chicken math) and I now have 9 full grown ladies and two chicks in the broder along with two ducklings (because chickens are a gateway drug). I have a very mixed group with Barred Plymouth Rocks, , Orpington, Ameraucanas, Sumatra, Welsummer, Australorp, Oliver Egger and now a Silkie and Sultan. My daily egg basket is a rainbow! I ended up having chickens on a total whim. I didn't really know what I was getting into or where it would lead, but I have to admit that it was one of the best whims I've ever acted on. I love my flock. I love that just by watching them do their chicken thing of scratching and pecking around in the yard makes me ridiculously happy. I love that because of chickens I have been encouraged to spend a lot of time outside improving my yard, being creative and building better coops and better enclosures, doing all kinds of things I didn't think I could do or was even interested in. Chickens have taught me a lot about me. I have been lurking around the Backyard Chickens website ever since I came home with my first chicks. I have gotten so much information and advice from all your posts. Thank you! I decided that I should go ahead and become an oficial memeber now that I know a bit about these birds in the hopes that I can help someone as much as you've all helped me.