I've used this site to answer many questions, and now have finally joined and became an official member. I grew up on a farm in Iowa, and we had just about every animal you could on the farm. Even though we had LOTS of chickens, I didn't pay a whole lot of attention to all the different aspects of raising them, cuz for me, they were just chickens. LOL So now my husband and I decided it was time to get our own chickens and raise them, and it has been a very rewarding experience!! Not only the fresh eggs that we enjoy, but also just the day to day interaction we have with them! We bought our chicks from our local TSC, and bought a few different breeds, so we have a very pretty flock. We have Barred Rocks, Rhode Island Reds, Buff Brahmas, Golden Comets, and a couple of hens, that we don't know what they are, cuz they were suppose to be Cornish Rocks (meat birds), but obviously they aren't cuz they didn't get big and fat like the others did, so needless to say they are still in the flock and not on the menu. lol In fact, it is one of them that went broody, and now has hatched 9 baby chicks. Which was a big surprise and a small blessing. We had a Barred Rock rooster, but something got him (probably a fox) and needless to say we were so upset. A couple days after he was killed, this hen went broody, and started setting on eggs. Not knowing any better we thought she was wasting her time. But after doing some research on the internet, I found out that a rooster's sperm could last up to 7 days in a hen, so we had a little bit of hope that we might have some baby chicks. Lo and behold a few weeks later, they started hatching, and now we have 9 little barred rock chicks! So even though our rooster met his untimely demise, we have his legacy living on.