I started raising chickens 2 yrs ago. I've been reading these forums since then but never posted until now, so I figured it was time to say hello. I'm Wendy. I co-run a small farm we built from the ground up called Four Acre Farms in Norfolk MA. Currently we have a very diverse chicken flock with 16 hens, 3 roosters, and 15 7 week old chicks. In addition to the chickens, we decided this year to try ducks and turkeys. We have 6 pekin ducklings, one Rouen, and one mystery duckling. It's all black but has some very strange feather growth on its head. :shrugs: we aren't sure what turkeys we have yet. We have 5 poults also about 7 weeks old now. Raising the animals has being a unique experience for us. We didn't grow up farmers, so we are learning as we go and in some cases we are learning the hard way. All our birds have their own coops/houses with fenced in runs, but get to free range on the four acre property when we are home. (Hawks, neighbors dogs, and a pack of coyotes have taught us that while free ranging is the best for happy healthy birds, keeping them safe while we aren't home is more important) Over all we have a very healthy and happy little farm, that grows from year to year.