Hello dear chicken (animal-people ) lovers , by now you got one of those lovers extra , I know this title might seem 'huh ??? *** lol ' but it was hell , a simple question never got any other answer but the critique to being to close to a chicken , nobody hughs a chicken and if you did not snuggle them you were the worst kind of chickenfarmer ever . I ran , letterly , if they decide to tear newbies down , newbies are not going to keep on asking questions out of fear and will only try to google and do it themselves , which can end up in very bad or very good results . at the beginning I had a rough start in raising chickens , i bought 2 rhode island reds ( and you know how a beginner can be perplex stunned by their behaviors ? ) , so due their behaviors i wanted to learn how to deal with it , as patiently i already had been for a few months I had 1 hen that was ' crazy ' and extremely violent towards my child and me , she was a very young hen so we did not quite understand the issue when one day she started to act even more crazy and really vicious . Pecking till the hand of my kid was bleeding ! so what do we do ? ofcourse we go try to get some help for her , and ofcourse ourselfes because obviously she is lacking something , there is help needed , so was so enthousiastic once joined that forum yet even when I introduced myself as being a newbie and starting to keep chickens , with words like ' hi glad to meet all of you , i can learn from all of you and hope to enrich all my knowledge here etc ' not even a simple hi back after it was read enough though ... I'm actually somewhat ' scared ' to meet folks like that again ( i dont use forums actually) but on topic now after this small explanation You might notice I'm foreign due my terrible spelling vs grammar in English yet I do speak it almost fluent and I do understand it better than writing it ... I'm a woman living in Belgium , I have a husband yet he lives not in my country due work / research so i consider myself a stand-alone mum with a great little daughter that shows me how small details are so pretty day by day and keeping an own flock is part of that as we try to respect and love nature as much as possible . I come here with the same reason I joined another forum I never like to visit again , with respect and I'll be able to learn from all of you and sometimes it might be the other way around . Just here to share doubts , questions , knowledge and PLEASE some smiles and laughters as life is already so short . I kindly pass on the sweet regards of my flock which includes a lil girl with blue eyes ;-) (she doesn't lay yet pff patience right ? ) and ofcourse I sign this way too long intro with my own kind regards . Thank you all for just letting me read here and learn . V.