Hi, I'm Krystal from Queensland, Australia. I started researching keeping chooks as pets back in April when I babysat my mum's chooks for 2 months while they went on holiday. After "chick sitting" my husband finally agreed to letting me get my own little flock! Needless to say I have been researching for quite awhile before I finally got 4 chicks in August (along with 3 extra to add to mum's flock). I lost 1 chick after a week and have a chick that is just getting over a second respiratory infection. The antibiotics have helped her a lot but now I'm planning a herb garden purely for their respiratory health in the hopes it keeps her healthy! I bought sexed chicks as I can't have roosters where I live, hopefully the hatchery can confirm soon that they are female - I'll head over to the gender forum with photos as I suspect I have a couple of roos. And because we all love chick photos I thought I had better share at least one photo of my babies... Mum got 3 crossbred blacks (1 is beside me as per usual so its not in the photo) and I got a welsummer, barnevelder and plymouth rock. Oh and we also have Trixie, our dog who absolutely adores the chicks and protects them from the magpies, we own 3 cats (and I foster cats/kittens - my dog loves them too), fish, snakes, rats and mice. Thanks for having me and for the wealth of information I have learnt from this site!