I am brand new to chickens!! My husband and I went a little crazy with it, we talked about getting 6-8 chicks to get us started and expand our flock next year. That being said we are up to 14 chicks and 2 ducklings. We have Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks, Silver Wyandotte, Naked Necked (my husband picked them only because of their looks) and Ameraucanas, I think they are actually EE. I found out about BackYardChickens by googling every chicken question imaginable to prepare myself for chicken parenthood. I am a K-2 PE teacher and a JH coach. I enjoy hiking, gardening/ landscaping and spending time with family/ friends. We have two fur babies a German Shepherd named Gage and a husky named Nyx. I'm looking forward to being able to post questions and reading the other things that people have experienced!