I had chickens as a child, but of course my parents managed the flock back then, so I consider myself new to raising chickens and managing a flock. I got interested in chickens again because I've been buying local eggs for quite a while. The seed was planted one week when our local supplier had an egg shortage so we didn't get ours. My wife and I casually commented that maybe we should get our own chickens, and the rest is history. I got most of my chicks from a local preschool that was incubating eggs in their classroom. They got the eggs from a local "breeder", so what I have is a flock of true backyard chickens; a few easter eggers/amerecauna-ish birds, a couple dominique/cuckoo marans mix, I just gave away a few roosters that had some black australorp features, and 3 bantams that were quite unique. The bantams were quite the characters and hard to give up, but 2 of the 3 were roosters, and I'm not ready for that yet. I also have 5 RIR pullets that I bought at the local feed store. My flock is (give or take a few days) 8 weeks old, as of May 26. We currently have 11 birds. I found BYC via google when I was researching chickens, and I've been lurking for a few months. There is a wealth of information here; it's a wonderful place, so I figured that it was time to join. My other hobbies include camping, fishing, and woodworking. I also do quite a bit of remodeling on our old house, which is a love/hate kind of hobby.