My name is Sara Jo and I'm fairly new to this website, but it got me through raising my chickens and ducks, especially those first few weeks. I decided to join because I absolutely fell in love with my chickens and they have started laying. I have two Golden Sexlink hens, a male Mallard, and a male Pekin that I bought at Easter time and planned to give away to a farmer friend once they got bigger, but... here I am with four beautiful birds months later. I'm 27, married, and have two young children. My mom and dad live next door and love the birds as much as we do! We have a lot of fun watching them forage around the yard and watching the ducks in the small pool we have for them. It has become a wonderful hobby and now I have many friends that are interested in them, but mostly for the delicious eggs we get everyday. So far, I have been pretty stingy, but we haven't gotten many eggs, but now that they are both laying, it may be time to share. I'm thinking of adding to our very small flock but being unprepared for the first venture I made, I want to make sure I am ready before I do so. I'm in the planning stages of building another coop and deciding on our new members. I also have a dog- she is older(a Jack Russell- so... she's not really "calm"), but I'm scared that she would get rough with the birds and really do some damage, so it's been a juggling act making sure they are separated so the birds can be out of their coop. So happy to have a place to share my love of chickens and get some advice and information about raising them, too.