Hello! My name is Heather. I live in Maine and have had chickens for the past 3 or 4 years. I even hatched 3 of my own last winter. The rooster and 1 hen went to my friend to start her flock. I currently have 1 interesting rooster named Gonzo and his 3 ladies: Winifred, Danny (one of Gonzo's babies), and Crazy Chicken (they're all red mixes). We've lost many of our flock to coyotes (about 8 total) and a couple of others to age. Because of this I can no longer free range them I put up a chain link pen so they can enjoy outside time. I recently bought 6 new Amberlink pullets to replace some of the lost ones. I've been visiting this page for the entirety of the time I've had chickens and have gained valuable insight to some of my issues. This past winter I've had a really stubborn case of scaly leg mites that came out of nowhere (I honestly am not sure how they got it). I think I've finally gotten ahead of it using oral ivermectin, blue kote, sevin dust, and quite a few strippings and bleachings of the coop and pen. Anyway, I'm excited to be here and can't wait to gain more knowledge!