(1) My chicks are on order, arriving May 1st. (2) So, that means right now, I have zero, but hope all 14 I ordered will make the trip thru the USPS okay. (3) I've ordered standard pullets Golden Laced Wyandotte Dorking, Silver Gray Orpington, Buff Cochin, White Faverolle, Salmon Andalusian, Blue Brahma, Light Cubalaya, Red blue Russian Orloff, Spangled Rhode Island Red Ameraucana Campine, Golden Maran, Cuckoo and an Egyptian Fayoumi (considering some ducklings ) (4) I think I found this site off feathersite (but might have been from one of the hatcheries I looked at or even one of the chicken websites or a book). I've been reading a bit. (5 &6) I have three ponies and three cats (at home on 10 acres w/Wick building that I call a barn and dh calls a shed - he grew up on a farm in downstate IL and I grew up in Chicago). No dog at the moment, last one was high maintenance and when she went end of '07, dh requested no more house dogs, so at Christmas we brought 3 kittens home from his brother's shed instead. They're barn cats (around 30% of the time). I'm currently able to enjoy my home, property and pets. I used to work in R&D in the pharmaceutical industry. Have also worked as a vet assistant (small animal) and one summer as stable help at UofI's equine medicine building at the Vet school (when I was attending undergraduate school in Champaign-Urbana, a loooooooong time ago) We both went to school there so if you cut us, dh and I bleed orange and blue.