(1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens? This spring, my younger brother fell in love with all the cute fluffballs in a Rural King, and, seeing as how he couldn't keep them because of zoning issues and work (he's a trucker) and as I had lost a dog the day before, he offered to buy a bunch of chicks 'to help the kids cope'. So we went to the store and purchased six 'pullets' (turned out that two were roosters and one was the wrong breed), two 'assorted bantams', one broad-breasted bronze turkey, one guinea and two ducklings. A few days later, he came back with another three (the 'straight run Rhode Island Reds were a red star and an ISA brown, and the 'silkie' was a mille fleur Belgian D'Uccle roo). (2) How many fowl do you have right now, and (3) what breeds are they? 1 Broad-breasted bronze tom (Bacon) 2 White Leghorns (Daenerys 'Stormborn' Targaryen, first of her name and other assorted honorifics; and 'Buttermilk' an adopted hen who didn't get a cool name because she came in with one) 1 ISA brown (Cinnamon) 3 Rhode Island Reds [Rosey, Benehime and our roo, Everything (because he's awesome)] 1 EE roo (Fried) 2 Golden Sebrights (Artemis and Diana) 1 Mille fleur Belgian D'Uccle roo (Bully) 1 Swedish Black 5 Pekins (four are new, but 'Dillydally' is one of the original group and had a name and claim before we even got home) 2 Rouens (Rorschach and Sue) 1 Foundling chick. She appears to be a partridge OEGB. 4) How did you find out about BackYardChickens.com? Researching chicken breeds and care requirements before I accepted my brother's proposal. Been lurking since March, but got an invite from an acquaintance today, so I finally decided to jump in (5) What are some of your other hobbies? I'm a pre-veterinary student at IUPUI, majoring in biology. This week was my first in class since I graduated high school in '01. I used to do freelance writing and novels but gave up because everything else demands too much of my time. (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share. I keep house and care for my three beautiful children, two of which are special needs (older two) and two of which are home schooled (eldest and youngest). My DH and I have been married since '02, and we've been parents since '03. In addition to all of our fowl, we have three aquariums full of fish, one large adopted puppy (Cooper came with his name already because we would have given him something far less dignified), and two plus one cats. Catrick FitzBastard and Kierra are ours, but a stray claimed me, and he was so old and bony and sweet that I was powerless against him. Not only does he look exactly like Puss in Boots from Shrek, but he gives us the eyes like that character too! Poor boy has two horribly crumpled ears and no teeth). My daughter claimed and named Kierra, Bully and Dillydally (We've shortened it informally to 'Dill' because her speech impediment makes it sound like she's affectionately calling to a sex toy from across the yard). Our autistic son has shown absolutely no interest in the animals, which is exceptionally sad because I was so hoping that if I picked up animals of different types, he would latch onto something and gain a mite of empathy). Our youngest has rotten luck with animals but a great drive to be with them and care for them. He helps me get eggs (whether I want him to or not). Every animal he's ever latched onto has or had some kind of problem and has died, made a huge nuisance of itself or shown no interest in him whatsoever. My name is Rebecca. I live in Indianapolis, and I'm very pleased to meet you!