Hi! I have been a lurker for awhile now and thank everyone for sharing their highs and lows when its comes to our feathered friends. Although we have been talking about adopting a few chickens for years, we took on the challenge last May when my daughter's class hatched chickens and ducks as part of their lifesciences segment of 1st grade. One day it was talk and the next I was a chicken mama of 3 blue andalusians. As chicks, they loved to pecked throughout the yard and then jump in my lap for a nap. So cute. Since then we have had our own highs and lows. We lost one blue to a large hungry king snake in June. Then we took on 3 ameracuanas. The introductions were easy. In September our hens started laying and we discovered that Cookie (our 5th) is actually a roo. We now have 6 hens (1 blue andalusian, 3 ameracuanas, 1 cochin and the other I am unsure). We love our feathered girls and share our home with our very large labs, cockatiel, fish and of yeah, our children. They add a new dimension in our lives and we are so pleased they've come to stay! Thanks for letting me share. I look forward to chatting with you.