Hi! Really excited to have found this site! I'm completely new to raising chickens, but after just about 8 weeks of having them, they have completely won me over! Our flock consists of 11 chickens and 2 ducks, and I'm considering adding some guineas to the mix too. We just moved from the suburbs and city out in the Rocky Mountains to the hills of upstate New York last year and along with a 3 year old and an 18 month old we also have a little dog and 2 fish. The chickens and ducks have let our little dog know who's in charge now. Poor pup. I originally thought of chickens for eggs, and tick control, which is why I'm also considering the guineas. With our newly acquired 12 acres, we can use all the help we can get! I'm excited to get to know more people on here and other friends of the flock.