My husband and I started raising chickens last year and love it! We started out with 6 chicks and two ducklings last year but unfortunately learned the hard way about critter safeing our coop and lost them all to raccoons!. We have reinforced our coop and are trying again this year and have expanded our flock to 14 chickens! We have 4 Ida reds, 2 buff orpingtons, 2 crested polish, 2 buff Cochins, 1 black Cochin, 1 white Cochin, 1 Dominique and 1 Ancona. We are excited to be members of backyard chickens and have already learned so much from the site and other members!