Hi I joined a while back and have just been lurking and learning. I've had chickens off and on for a number of years. My last little flock (5 hens) was wiped out last year by foxes after nearly 2 years of free ranging. I've started over this year with a secure coop and, soon, a large run. I started with 24 chicks but found out the hard way that a dog I had was a killer after he chewed through chicken wire and ended up killing 10 of them. Currently I have 14 chickens...a Black Australorp rooster and hen, White Wyandotte roo and 2 hens, 2 RIR (one may be a roo - getting to be a mean little sucker!), an Araucana hen (according to McMurray Hatchery - but she has a prominent tail so I am thinking Ameraucana instead), one Barred Rock hen, a BO hen, a Silver Spangled Hamburg roo, and 3 new "Ameraucana" babies I couldn't pass up at the feed store last week. I am raising these in partnership with my brother. Our plan is to have eggs and meat chickens. I just have to resist naming them all!!