My name is Rachel! My husband and I are first timers and got chicks (12 of them) this past March and then a month later added five more (mature and laying) girls to the crew. Once my babies started to develop we realized that 5 were roosters, so we removed 4 and kept my Black Australorp, Joey, he's a sweetie! It has been such fun! I have been using backyardchickens.com since the beginning and just realized there was an app and had to join!!! We let our girls and guy roam our 5 acre property (and sometimes our neighbors ) from sun up to sun down, and they always run to greet us when we get home from work! They've been wonderful, but recently we had a predator attack and it (we think a fox or raccoon) killed 5 of our girls. It was horrible! And one of my girls, Stella was injured, she has still been laying, but is very nervous around us and hides in the trees; I think she still might be in shock . Poor girl...since then my husband put up his trail camera and whatever got them hasn't been back, yet... I recently went to go buy an incubator at our local Rural King and they still had chicks, so I nixed the incubator and got 6 more pullets (4 rhode islands and 2 barred rock), how could I not?! They are just so stinkin' cute! It definitely been an adventure! Rachel aka "chix4life"