My grandpa had raised chickens for many, many years and this past summer he helped me start my own little flock! I have six silly hens: 5 black sex linked and 1 red sex linked. They are Honey Bun, Blanche Devereaux, Lucille, Naomi, Esmerelda, and Miss Selena. Last but not least, I have a handsome red sex linked rooster named Pedro. My main purpose for raising backyard chickens is fun and then eggs. 3/6 of my hens are laying and they just started this week!! We found their little nest beside a bush in some straw with 4 eggs in it (it had probably been there a day or two before it was found), and I marked those and then yesterday there were 3 new eggs, and today there have been two so far in their nesting box in the coop (I placed an egg in there to encourage it). I live on 11 acres and my chickens are free-range 95% of the time. I'm currently working with my dad on expanding their coop so we can add some new members down the road! I'm excited to learn from others and have a chance to talk to some other crazy chicken ladies & gentlemen!