Hi. I have had chickens on and off since I don't remember when. My family consists of 1 very tolerant husband , 2 beagles, 4 cats, 2 box turtles, some fish, 1 nubian goat, 2 alpine goats (mom & daughter), 3 jersey beef calves, 14 guinea fowl, 6 ducks and around 40 chickens. All my children either have 4 legs, feathers or scales. I keep an assortment of breeds, silkies and silkie crosses, because they are just so sweet, rhode island red, barred rock and then the red sex links my husband had to get because someone had given us a couple and he liked their big eggs. They all roost and pasture together so I get some interesting crosses when I let a couple girls get broody. I got an incubator this year to hatch guinea eggs and I got a better percent from just letting the silkies set on them than I did with the incubator. I guess they know a lot more than I do.