Hi! We are new to chickens and to this forum. We are very excited to learn as much as we can. My 14 yr old daughter and 15 yr old son are very active members in our local 4H. They have shown our boston terriers for the last 4 years and had their first year in goats last year (my son took Reserve Grand Champion) along with a variety of crafts. This year we are "expanding" from dogs and goats to showing chickens and cats. Our chicks arrived Friday from Cackle Hatchery, unfortunately 5 died in shipping but the rest are thriving! We have a total 41 living chicks. We ordered a mixture of meat birds (not sure what type of chickens they are) and had ordered 20 silkies (5 of these died, but Cackle Hatchery had shipped a few extras so we have total of 17 silkies still). We are awaiting the arrival of our new persian. Currently she is about a month and a half old so we won't be getting her for another month and half or so. Here's a pic of our kitty, I think we are leaning towards Ivy - Here's a few of our pups - Herbie and my daughter, Becky. He took Reserve in showmanship. The boy, Billy and Mac (the black boston) they didn't do well in showmanship, as Mac doesn't believe in flash, he is more about substance. This guy excels in obedience.