My name is Aila (pronounced: "eye-la") and after haunting this forum for years (yes, years) I finally signed up. My husband and I moved out of our condo, into a house with a yard (Yay!) and this spring I beat the hubby into submission, I mean... I convinced him with logic, to order some baby chicks. Hopefully I'll get my requisite posts in quickly and I can start posting pics! (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens? *Kinda... I convinced my parents to get chickens a couple years ago when I was living with them, and got to raise the babies. Then I moved away and got married. Soon I'll get my own chickens! (2) How many chickens do you have right now? *None, but I have 6 on order from MyPetChicken... they're arriving at the end of April. (3) What breeds do you have? *I am getting one of each: Buff Orpington, Speckled Sussex, Easter Egger, SL Wyandotte, BLR Wyandotte, and a Cuckoo Marans (all hens hopefully!) (4) How did you find out about BackYardChickens.com? *Honestly, I don't even remember because it was so long ago. (5) What are some of your other hobbies? *Reading, arts & crafts, watching movies, and soon: gardening! (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share. *Me, the hubby, and 2 English Cocker Spaniels (I know they're bird dogs, but my parents' chickens chased them and now they're scared to death of chickens) we're on a half-acre in the outer vicinity of San Diego. Right now I'm between jobs but am enjoying the time to fix up the house and play with the puppy-dogs.