(1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens? This is my 2nd year with chickens (not including the couple years we had them when I was a kid) (2) How many chickens do you have right now? I have 5. and 3 ducks (3) What breeds do you have? I have a black sex link, an americauna, 2 bantam red cochins, and a bantam golden sebright. the ducks are 2 swedish (I think one's a drake but I don't know how to tell and I am new to ducks) and 1 cayuga (4) How did you find out about BackYardChickens.com? my friend who is also on her 2nd year (5) What are some of your other hobbies? gardening. (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share. We are a homeschooling family that is blessed to have almost an acre in town. Our birds free range in the back half and we are in the process of building a pond. Our yard is a work in progress, the irony being that we own a landscape design and construction firm, but have little time to work on our own projects! We have lived in this location for about 18 months and since moving here have lost our adult cat 11yrs, adult dog 11yrs, one chick and 2 laying hens. It has been quite a steep lesson in life cycles for us. We have also relocated 2 beautiful roosters. Our dog was uninterested in chickens and we didn't know how good we had it. Now as we look for another canine companion we are lost in all those considerations. As soon as we lost our cat, we developed quite a mouse problem. She died right when we moved here, a month before the chicken lifestyle started, so we are wondering how cats and chickens do too?!