Hi all, this is Ginger in Texas. When I was a child, my grandparents raised chicken's. Well, they had them in the yard and we would go throw corn out to them. It was fun looking for their nests where they would lay their eggs. As an adult my ex and I raised LOTS of different birds: Ostrich, Emu, Rhea, Pheasant, quail, partridge, chickens, a peafowl (one try), a Parrot, some type of sparrow, and cockatiels. He was the bird expert, I am not. My new husband and I recently decided to raise some chickens. We built a coup and bought a mixed assortment of chicks from a backyard "breeder" in Brownsville. We have 6 pullets that are coming along nicely. We also started with 11 chicks. We are now down to 7 chicks, due to predators. My hubby is out working on a more secure fence as I type. All has went pretty well except we have one pretty ornery Rooster "Blackie", who goes around pecking any of the rest of the flock near him! He hasn't learned to crow yet, but he does do the puff the chest up and strut thing. Discovered this site looking for "cures" for a chick with a swollen eye, most likely due to above referenced rooster (my hubby is threating him with becoming a pot pie if he doesn't quit picking on the other's). I am finding it ever interesting reading about other peoples "flock" experiences! Who would have ever thought a Harley riding Granny would became "mom" to a flock of chicks?