I am fairly new to chickens. I have an Arucana and RIR hatched early February 2013 and two 'mutts' hatched early May 2013. I have just added two Pekin ducks that are approx. 4-5 weeks old. I found out about BYC from internet searches and word of mouth, I was trying to figure out the best way to introduce the ducks to the ducks to the chickens and I have been searching the threads to figure it out. I have wanted chickens for many years and when I ended up divorced and no longer living in suburbia, I was finally able to get some. I have 4 children, 8, 6 year old twins and a 4 year old. I have been divorced for almost 3 years and we are getting along okay. The kids love having chickens and so do I. They think the ducks are super cute and I am glad we got them. I am hoping that this community can help me learn the best way to take care of my feathered friends. P.S. The 'mutts' are hens that I got from a friend. She has a mixed flock, so we just don't know what they are. One of them is really neat in her markings. She is almost spotted, we actually named her Spot. They other chickens are named Lila, Special Leaf (named by my 6 year old girl, what can you do?), Silkie and Tiny and the ducks are Kiki and Quack. Thanks for being such a great resource and I look forward to getting to 'know' you!