Hello - I am a newbie to the site and to chickens. Feeling excited and overwhelmed. I have 5 chickens approx 8-10 weeks old, mixed breeds, all hopefully egg layers to be. I built a coop and pen with the help of my super-handy father...it's cute and functional! We live in a semi rural suburb of the Seattle area on 5 acres. I purchased 2 ducklings at the same time I got the chicks and after 4 weeks, found a good-new home for them (discovered I don't like the ducks...but love my chicks...and the ducks were picking on them!). Other than chickens, I have one husband, two children (4 years and 6 mo.) one very plump Jack Russell Terrier and two goldfishies. Other interests; horses, hobby farming, baking, politics and making things from paper (party banners, cards, etc.). I will be posting and researching many silly questions on this site. Cheers!