Hi! I live in southern Maryland and got my first 6 chickens just before Easter of this year. By the middle of July, I had lost 5 of them. So now I only have 1 White Rock and she is beautiful. She is very friendly and loves when we come out to visit her. She laid her first egg two days ago, we were so happy. I have 3 children that I homeschool, they are 14, 11, and 5. We have 1 dog, 2 cats, 2 guinea pigs, and just got 2 ducklings (unfortunately I have no idea what kind they are). I stumbled upon this site back in February when we decided we wanted to get chickens. I have found a lot of useful information that answered many of the questions we had. Thank you for this site!