Hello BYC! I've been lurking around this site since we got our first chicks in 2012 and it's been invaluable, with all the information and suggestions on so many aspects of chicken keeping. After some trials and tribulations, my partner and I have decided to renew our flock, now armed with some hard-won experience- and there's still so much to learn! Two hens from the original set (of five) and, uh... well, we were going to get four chicks but they've somehow turned into six (and a duck). I never meant to have nine birds!