I finally joined your ranks. I have been faithfully reading information posted on BYC for the past fifteen months, but decided it was time to actually enter into some of the discussions myself. I started out with five baby chicks a friend thought I needed and now my backyard flock is up to 14 chickens and 3 ducks. I love every spoiled one of them. I have learned so much from this site about raising my chickens and ducks! I don't know what I would have done without it!