So after a few years of lurking on here, I finally have my own chickens, and an excuse to join BYC About a month ago I got 3 ~8 week old chickens from a good friend of mine. She had made a big order of chicks online (something about chicken math? ) but since she already had quite a few decided to raise them and sell them a bit older. Worked out great for me, since I'm not really in a position to be raising chicks in a brooder, but have wanted a little flock of my own for the last few years. My stepson built our little coop and run as a part of his senior project, and we have a huge backyard, so they also get to roam around a few hours a day. I'm too nervous to let them out when I'm not out with them though, so I'm happy they've got some protected space when I can't be out that long. Right now I have a light brahma, a black australorp, and an ameracauna (or EE?). I'm hoping they're all girls, but some behavior recently has made me a bit worried for two of the three, so I'll be starting a new thread shortly I guess, in the hopes the brilliant BYC hive mind can help me out :/ What else... I'm also a proud mama of a sweet little lab mix, two cats (one's my little snuggly man, the other is mean but really pretty ), and am expecting my first human baby in less than a month now!