Hi Everyone! I've *read* Backyard Chickens regularly for the past year that I've had chickens of my own, but finally made an account. We have a white silkie bantam rooster, and our laying gals are a buff ameraucana, blue laced barnevelder, black olive egger, barred rock, and silver laced wyandotte. Then we have a handful of new birds in the brooder... a black cochin bantam, black copper marans, lavender orpington, favaucana, and a splash mystery breed. We also have three dogs, three cats, and a potbelly pig who all live inside. And I have three sons (6 years old, 4 years old, and 2 years old) and I'm due with a girl in May! I look forward to actually being able to post!