I've been lurking on these forums for almost a year, finally decided to register! I currently live in North TX and have approximately 30 guinea fowl (French, white, lavender, royal purple, violet, slate, coral blue, and buff dondette), 10 Easter eggers, and 3 generic red Tractor Supply hens lol. I started with the guineas to control bugs and weeds, then added the chickens a few months later. The TS hens and guineas are laying, I expect the EEs to start any time now. The birds free range on 5.5 acres and have a house to roost in, though it's hard to get the guineas to use it. I'm hoping to put up a barn in our back pasture this Fall and train the guineas to go in before winter (they already come when called for a white millet treat). We have 2 Anatolian Shepherds that are excellent flock guardians. Besides the chickens, we also raise and show Champion Skye Terriers and campaign one of the top Skyes in the USA (shameless plug: GCH CH Solana Big Lebowski ). We've also been showing the aforementioned Anatolians for the last 2 years. The dogs and shows keep me pretty busy year-round, and I've toyed with the idea of picking a breed of chicken to raise and possibly show as well, but that would be down the road after I gain more experience with them.