I mean I'd always liked chickens as much as any other animal but it's grown into more of an obsession over the past decade LOL. I've been lurking around for a few weeks and finally decided I need to join in on the discussions. hello, my name is Devery (you can call me Dev). I'm from south Texas and graduated from LSU (geaux tigers) last year, with a BS in animal science. This summer I will begin the process of applying to vet schools, which has been my lifelong goal. Anyway (here's the long history for those who care), I had my first flock while I was in middle school, after my family moved to our current home out in the country...it was a really great assortment of chickens, some ducks, and guineafowl. Once I started high school I joined the FFA and showed turkeys, but unfortunately the original free-ranging flock was gradually killed off by predators and our dogs, so other than yearly raising a new batch of show turkeys we went without poultry for several years. While in college I took several poultry science courses as part of my degree and competed on the poultry judging team, so I became further interested in the field. FINALLY we were able to get chicks to start anew last spring, just a few months after I graduated and returned home. Unfortunately many chickens were killed by a raccoon last month, before we moved them to the bigger and better new coop. the current flock includes a few red stars, one cuckoo marans, a white silkie, dark cornish, white frizzle cochin, couple of black bantams, and a giant white rooster that's probably jsut a leghorn, along with my brother's turkeys from this year. when spring comes we'll be getting more chicks, ducks, and guineas again. for now my dad has ordered a batch of bantams which will arrive soon, I'm very excited! along with the poultry I also have dogs, cats, a mare, donkey, mini horse, cockatiel, guinea pig, and 2 goats (which became 4 after the girl kidded last week!) My mini-aussie Axl and munchkin cat Mimi are my babies. Here are a couple of my favorite pics of the flock: the d'uccle which was lost, the black bantam, marans, and the white frizzle.