First of all, I am not new to chickens. I've been around them my whole life pretty much. I AM new to BYC though and happy to be a member! We live on a farm in Missouri. My husband, myself and our three kiddos. That's minus all the animals though, lol! We have, I think 20 chickens right now. The two main breeds being Barred Rocks and Silver Laced Wyandottes. Not sure that's spelled correctly.... In addition to those we have some Rouen ducks, royal palm turkeys and soon some blue slates. I'm also looking into expanding my chicken breeds because, as I'm sure you all know, you can't have too many chickens.... Am I right?? I have a homemade incubator set up and running right now testing out my first batch. We were really successful with it last year but this year isn't looking so well. I'm not sure what's up but about half our eggs turned out to be quitters on us. Crossing our fingers on the other half! Maybe this crazy weather though,who knows? But any that hatch is a success! So, I'm going to head on over and check out some of these threads on here! I'm nosey like that, lol! Thanks for such an awesome site!