I've been getting tons of great information from this site and decided it was way past time to join. I am new to chickens, other than when I was 4-5 yrs old and was the one who collected the eggs and beat the mean roosters off because all the adults were too scared . I'm now 37 so it's been a couple of years. I have 16 chickens. My ladies are a mix of RIR, Black Giants and Black Stars. I have a Polish rooster and just adopted a little silkie bantam cross rooster. I'm looking to add more to my crew in the spring. I have room for about 10 more. I also have a cat, two dogs and two ferrets. When the day comes that I get more room, I'll add a peacock to my crew. So far, everyone gets along quite well. Other than my ladies pick the feathers off my Polish's head. He's a bit of a baldy in the center. I might have to get him a hat for the winter . I've trimmed all his feathers so they aren't so intrigued with his bouncy feathers. Seems to be helping. I'm excited to be here and keep learning. I love my chickens!!!