Hello everybody! My husband and I are new to chickens and this website provides answers to pretty much all of our newbie questions, so here I am! We've had our birds for about 2 months. We got them from a coworker who tried the backyard poultry thing and it didn't fit their family. The flock consists of about 25 birds including 1 roo, 9 hens, and a bunch of little pullets and cockerels. The adults are all breeds from the feed store (black australorp, RIR, barred rock, and "ameracauna" that I don't think are actually ameracauna). The little guys were born this summer and are mixed breed. The birds are for both eggs and meat and are not pets. (Except one, "Gracie," is my MIL's foster chicken because she can't have chickens so that one is hers.) We have a half acre out in the country so that we can get our feet wet with homesteading practices, and we hope to get a smallish hobby farm someday (about 5 acres would be ideal). We also have a cat and a dog. We both enjoy drawing, painting, ballroom dancing, cooking and gardening. We enjoy geeky pursuits such as playing old Super Nintendo games and going to anime conventions.