Hello out there to all of my new friends! I've been visiting this site for quite some time but neglected to join for fear of spam and other predators. Tonight seemed appropriate to join to fulfil the common bond. My family had chickens when I young and the recollection of those times have prompted me to open the coop door again. A distant neighbor asked if I wanted a chicken. I guessed so and from there the chicken bug bit me, rather, pecked me. I then added three more. My kids were happy watching and caring for them. So, then I did something that I had wanted to do my whole life and that was to hatch eggs. So, after the incubator, a few various eggs, we now have 6 Red star hens, 6 Easter Eggers, 3 Copper Marans, 9 Polish, and 1 Australorp. I don't know as of yet of how many cockerals or pullets there are of the either Polish or EE's but time will tell. Today, one of the older hens pecked at of the chicks and ripped off the feathers and skin from the back of its neck. Bled like crazy. It is still alive but kind of still in shock. The wound was cleaned and along with added ointment. I just feel so bad for that little baby. Anyway, having my chickens is kind of like therapy after working in the financial field day in and day out and as a single mom with two children, those crazy chickens bring us together on some level. Looking forward to hearing from you.