hello everyone , i am a long time lurker , and finally decided to get involved in the community. i am 29 years old and live in the bay area. I been around chickens most my life , and i have raised various breeds over the last 10 years . as well as about 16 ducks of various breeds aswell. 2 Nigerian dwarf goats were apart of my farm for 8 years but sadly i lost them to some stray dogs that wandered into my little farm. as many chicken/duck owners , i have lost quite a bit to predators over the past few years. currently i house 5 chicken hens , 1 Sicilian buttercup 3 orpingtons , and 1 mix who i adopted from a friend , looks like a orpington mix of some sort. i have 4 ducks as of currently , all hens , 2 Silver Appleyard (beautiful breed) 1 Black Swedish, and 1 Blue Swedish. i have grown quite fond of the ducks , they are very entertaining! in addition to my birds , i have a Irish wolfhound (Remington) who helps me watch over my birds and has ever since he was a puppy, he is now 4 and a half and spends lots of time with me when i am doing my chores i currently am housing 4 male ducks that were dumped by some irresponsible owner who left them malnourished and 3 out of 4 have angel wing ( i recently made a post about it ) I look forward to meeting you all and trading information about this wonderful way of life.