Hello, peeps! I got my first chickens last spring, and I have to say that I am thoroughly addicted. What's more is now my mother is super addicted with me! My uncle too! (My sister, on the other hand, thinks we're all bird brains. And we are!) I am so excited to join this community officially because I've been browsing it for awhile now to get ideas for my flock. Thank you guys so much for all your information and expertise. Now for the part I know you're actually interested about. Currently, my flock consists of 20 birds with only one having passed last year for unknown reasons. She was lovingly buried beneath one of our property's cedar trees. I've listed my current babies below. The ones with question marks after them I got for free this month from one of mom's coworkers who was moving. She didn't remember what her birds were, so I made guesses based on my own birds and browsing the internet. If anyone could help me out with identification, that'd be great! If you think they're mutts, I won't be insulted. I love all my spoiled birdies! CHICKENS Roosters (3) Carl - blue laced red wyandotte Wesley - olive egger Deacon - isbar? Hens (15) Mairead - cinnamon queen Eabha - ameraucana Susan - Easter egger Michonne - welsummer Minerva - Plymouth barred rock Tali - French cuckoo marans Maizy - black sex-linked Jillian - Easter egger Dory - Easter egger Brienne - Easter egger? Minion - bantam Plymouth barred rock? Arya - Delaware? Chai - Easter egger? Timber II - Easter egger? Mocha - Easter egger? Passed (1) Timber - hen - Easter egger --- GUINEA FOWL Male (1) The Iron Bull - French pearl Hen (1) Adaar - French pearl (Please excuse all the mud in the pictures below. We're in the midst of building a barn, and there's been a lot of rain lately, which is unfortunately slowing progress.) Carl used to be my flock master, but he's been replaced by Deacon. Both of the boys are ok and get along just fine now. Not entirely sure on these girls' breeds! Wesley is sadly the bottom rooster. He wasn't too thrilled about it, but he has all the ladies he could want since Carl shares. The new flock master with his main ladies! I'm not entirely sure what any of these guys are. I know for biosecurity reasons I shouldn't have put in the new birds with mine right away, and it's something I'll do differently in the future. Well, they were in the 10x10 area next to the main run so everyone could meet and work out some pecking order through a fence. The hens were introduced just fine after a few hours, but the roosters had to be separated longer. In fact, unless it's a rare breed or I'm doing someone a favor, I don't think I'll take adult hens and roosters anymore. They're not as tame to me as the ones I hand-raised from chicks - of course. Carl, my favorite rooster, will come right up and do his mating dance in demand for pets. He loves to be doted on and gets jealous if I show the other roosters any attention. If I'm loving on Wesley, he'll peck Wesley if he can. If I'm loving on Deacon, he'll fuss quietly in a corner then ignore me if I come over. Funny story, he was part of the very first four chicks I got last spring, and at the time I brought him home, I thought he was going to be a goner! Now, he's my largest bird - before I got Deacon anyway. Deacon is slowly coming around now that he's realized I almost always have treats with me when I come in to the run. We'll be adding on a bigger chicken coop/run this spring, and this current coop/run will be converted to a breeding pen for a project I have in mind. Chicken genetics seem so much fun, and that was one of my top favorite subjects in undergrad! Anyway, thanks a lot for being a great source of information, and I look forward to getting to know y'all! Edit: Forgot to add on a picture of my eggs for the past few days! No greenies yet unfortunately, but I'm so glad everyone is getting back into laying after the winter break.