Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens? Yes, I'm new to having chickens myself. I grew up next to neighbors who raised an amazing variety of birds of all types, including chickens, pigeons, geese, ducks, and turkeys. About 3 weeks ago, I purchased 3 barred rocks and 3 golden-laced wyandottes to start my flock. I'd love to get some Jersey Giants and Speckled Sussex next year if all goes well. Or whichever birds tickle my fancy by then. How did you find out about BackYardChickens.com? A friend who started chickens last year linked the site to me when I expressed interest. Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share. I have a 2 year old son and another one on the way; a horse; and a supportive husband who got roped into this whole chicken thing but seems to find it reasonably enjoyable.