Hello! New member, long time lurker here. My name is Leah. I live in rural Ohio on a big patch of land I call home. I have a small flock of chickens, 7 hens and 1 rooster. My roo is some kind of Australorp mix and I am 99% sure he is the most pathetic rooster in the world. He has crowed maybe twice in his life and the hens pick on him big time. I suppose he is what most people would refer to as a "dream rooster" haha. He is a very sweet boy and tolerates being petted and picked up pretty well. I have never had an issue with him. My hens are a mixture of Australorps and Buckeyes. They are older now and egg production has come to a stop, sadly. It has been a week since I gathered an egg. Today, I culled my first bird. A Buckeye hen who wasn't doing so hot. I feel absolutely terrible about it. I have never killed an animal before in my life and I just can't get the picture out of my head. It was the worst thing I have ever seen in my 26 years of existence. My birds are the first chickens I have ever had. Everyone is telling me how it is part of raising them. Apparently, you are "supposed" to cull them when egg production has ceased. (though, this is not the reason I culled her). I guess they are no good to me since they are no longer laying. Sigh.. I would also love to get into raising turkeys and guineas. They are both something I know nothing about and I am eager to learn!! Along with myself and the chickens, I have 4 dogs. Maxwell the Great Pyrenees who keeps watch over the birds. (knock on wood, haven't lost a single bird thanks to him!) Karma the Great Dane, Chunk the Chow mix and Cabela the Pit Bull. I also have 3 cats: Persephone, P Kitty and Piper. I look forward to getting to know everyone and learning more about these wonderful birds!!!