Hi everyone. I've been a member for the last 3 months but have never posted before. I joined ahead of time to learn everything I could about chickens before actually owning them. This site has been such a valuable source of information! Well.. I now have 5 lovely little ones... 12 day old Buff Orpingtons. Mary, Sybil, Edith, Cora & Anna. I'm so head over heels in love with them already, especially now that when I come home from work and walk to their brooder they get so excited and chirp like crazy & run towards me when they hear my voice. They are now fighting to be the first one to jump in my hand when I place it inside the brooder! Ahhh... chicken love~ didn't know it would be this addicting! I live in Tempe, Arizona and am a veterinary technician. I have a standard poodle that I'm trying to acclimate to the chicks..... very frustrating to say the least. Anybody have any good suggestions? I wanted to bring up the issue of scissor beak. One of my babies started showing signs of it at 5 days old. From what I've read, the earlier it shows up the more severe it can be. In addition to the special feeding one can do there is also the possibility of correcting the malformed beak!! I will be taking my Sybil to a veterinary dentist to have her beak realigned using an acrylic appliance. It's fairly commonly done on the large birds such as cockatoos & Macaws with scissor beaks. She is very active and bright (#2 in the pecking order so far!) She will have to wait until she is older to have her beak corrected. As long as she continues to do so well I'm definitely planning on having it done. All of my animals are loved like family members and I will do everything possible to ensure that they have a long, healthy and happy life! I'm very fortunate that I work in the veterinary field because they can get expensive..... but they're worth it!