Hello chicken lovers! I have a small farm (5 acres) for 9 years now, but no critters until this year due to my job always having me travel so much. I am retiring in 10 months and have a helper now, so I acquired my first chickens in March this year. Two adult hens, both Americaunas, and two juvenile hens, both Leghorns that are now laying age. They have been a joy to have on the farm. In April, I acquired four more hens; a Leghorn, a Giant, an Americauna (meanest little thing!), and a Barred Rock. These four came in a package deal with three young Muscovy ducks and a dog (mixed hound/Rottweiler, 2 year old male, neutered). Since I am not set up to have ducks they were sent to live at my sister's place where there is a large pond with ducks and geese. The ducks love being at the pond and living a normal duck life now instead of being in a mucky 4 x 4 foot cage with a little bowl of water only. Rocky, the dog, has settled in as an outdoor dog (he was already an outdoor dog when I got him and we live in Florida, so not so cold most of the time). Since my garden area is fenced off in the middle of my property Rocky is able to completely move around the outside of the garden, thus providing protection for the flock. Since Rocky has been here he has kept raccoons, squirrels, opossums, armadillos, gophers and snakes at bay protecting all of us here at the farm. I am building a new chicken tractor that will sit on the raised beds in the garden. I think once it is done and my flock moves into the new digs they will like it a lot better than being divided into two smaller coops each night. During the day they are out free-ranging in the garden and enjoying sunshine, when it isn't too hot, and hanging out in the shade on the really hot days. They are excellent egg layers. The Giant will follow me around hoping to get a blueberry or grape directly from my hand. She will even jump up to get them if held high. But, if she isn't fast enough, one of the other hens will snatch the treat right out of her beak! They have quite the personalities and are hilarious to watch. I look forward to learning more about raising my flock, keeping them healthy and comfortable, and how to best manage the eggs. I expect with the shorter days coming that they will molt their feathers, so I will need to learn more about what to do for that transition. To all you chicken lovers, I look forward to sharing chicken stories with you and hearing yours, too!