(1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens? We had chickens when I was a kid, but I was more interested in the horses. I now am the proud owner of my own little flock and want to do right by them. (2) How many chickens do you have right now? There are eight little fluff balls at my house now. A. Dor. A. Bul. (3) What breeds do you have. After much research, I chose to go with dual purpose breeds that are good layers, hardy in most weather, and fairly quiet for the neighbors. Enter the Buff Orpington and the Silver Laced Wyandotte. (4) What are your favorite aspects of raising backyard chickens? I will, of course enjoy the eggs! I am beginning to work toward a more self sufficient lifestyle. My mom always said I would make a great pioneer! I'm starting the journey of urban homesteading. (5) What are some of your other hobbies? I still have horses and ride dressage. I am preparing my garden for the summer and will can most of the harvest. I read and sew and upcycle stuff when I can. (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share. I am a mom of two and grandma to five. I live with two dogs and a cat who thinks he's a dog. I also teach full time so life is never dull. Ive always wanted a house of my own with chickens and a garden and a porch swing. Now I have it all! Life is good.