Our very first chickies were delivered in June. We currently have 5 Aracaunas (lost one baby right away) and 6 Gold Links. My husband's family raises chickens for meat but this is our first experience with egg layers. We also have 2 dogs who get along just fine with the chickens. They've learned what it means to "check the chickies" and our pit bull, Henna, helps round the girls up at night. She points toward them and chases them back to the coop but never touches them. I found BYC when we were first considering getting chickens. I found lots of great info here but never posted. I am posting now because one of my Araucanas froze into the snow, pulled out all her tummy feathers that were stuck and now has big blister bubbles in between her toes. More info and a pic is posted under "Emergencies, etc." under the topic "Chicken frozen in snow" I have already received some really helpful advice and I really appreciate having a community of knowlegable and experienced people like this to help out. Thank you so much!!!