Hello fellow chicken lovers, Though I have been doing my research and homework preparing for the role of chicken keeper, I have never raised chickens before. I am very excited and nervous about the arrival of my 12 chicks May 24th. Our half acre will be home to 2 Rhode Island Reds, 1 Gold Lace Wyandotte, 1 Silver Lace Wyandotte, 1 Australorp, 1 Buff Orpington, 4 Speckled Sussex, and 2 Buff Brahma Bantams. My husband and I currently share our home with a quirky little Boston Terrier (Daisy), a mellow old Welsh Pembroke Corgi (Bronte) who is the farm supervisor, a lazy old orange cat, a self-proclaimed opportunist (Elliot) and next week a wee chihuahua pup of 8 weeks who is yet to be named. Rather than being slaves to a lawn that is basically scraped off pasture land, my husband and I are working hard at turning our 1/2 acre into an edible estate. Our chickens will be beloved pets that lay eggs, patrol bugs, tenderize the grounds, and improve my compost. I am happy to join this forum!