I left backyard chickens for a few years, so I needed a new sign-in. I have had backyard chickens for about 6 years. My current flock of six consists of a white leghorn, barred rock, araucauna, wellsummer, light brahma, and an unknown-breed black hen (brown eggs). We're planning to expand with some new chicks this spring -- I hope to use a heating pad for a brooder this time. I also need to read up on how to integrate them into the flock.