Hi all I've been on several of the forums on here and love reading everyone's stories here on BYC. I started with a small flock of seven chickens and three ducks about three years ago and a couple months after that I picked up eight more which were silkies. As most do once they start raising chickens they can't stop and chicken math starts. I have only had one growth of ten that was a total surprise because a silkie hen managed to slip a clutch by me. I have had a few over the past two years die on me aND lost two to a possum but for the most part I have grown by leaps and bounds the past three years. I now have a flock of 67 as of today. I have nine ducks, seven turkeys, two guineas, and forty nine chickens. I live in a military community where families come and go, we used to but my husband is now retired. I have acquired many of my flock do to rescuing when families just up and move and leave their flock behind, or when others have to move and come ask if I can take them off their hands. I have the oddest flock and don't know how they all get along but they all manage. I call them my disfunctional family. I have more males then I should for it to be normal and working the way everything works but I won't complain. I care for them all and they all have names except the four news ones I was given today. My family don't really like that I have so many cause it takes a lot out of me to take care of them but they don't realize that they are such a joy and a blessing to have around and give me something to get out of bed for every morning. Are there others out there that are not intentional growing but just can't help it?