Hey all. I have read quite a few things from this site and am finally joining. A little about me ... I live on 40 acres in northern WI with my husband, 4 kids, 1 border collie named Solo, many reptiles, and then there is the flock. Most of these aren't actually "mine," but my husband and I did put in a lot of time, effort, and money into gettiing the birds for our kids! We have: 17 chickens. 13 were purchased first as pullets, but we ended up with 2 roosters. There are 2 black Australorp roosters, 3 black Australorp hens, 2 New Hampshire Red hens, and 6 red sex-link hens. The next 4 were purchased a few months later, and there is one of each: Buff Orpington, Barred Rock, Ameraucana, and 1 bantam mottled Cochin rooster. 9 ducks. I lay claim to the Khaki Campbell and crested hens. The others belong to my son (who is @Spyderk117 ) and there are 3 mallards (1 drake), Buff, Pekin (drake), and a Rouen. My youngest daughter has a Cayuga drake. Then the pigeons ... an red archangel that flew in one day and wouldn't leave, so she became our pet (and first bird)! We then added 4 rock pigeons from a local (and apparently well-known) loft nearby. One of those pigeons mated with our existing one, and from her we now have 4 babies of various ages. One is only a day old! We've been at our place for 2 years now, and our future plans include a beef cow and sheep, maybe even a pig. I'm looking forward to browsing the forums and learning quite a bit on how to have a hobby farm!