Hello Just wanted to finally step in and introduce myself (and my chickens). I'm Marcie and I've lurked around for a while finding answers for many of the questions I had while I was raising my chicks. (Such an abundance of info here!) Now those chicks are 17 & 18 weeks old and I have a new batch of chicks - 2 wks old today. (wow, I really had no idea I would love the chickies this much!! ) At the moment we have a total (including the new chicks) of 53. I have breed's listed in my sig. Will soon be getting rid of most of the roo's, not all. We only purposely got 2 roosters, but as most know, Ideal will send extra males in cooler weather. However, luckily on this latest bunch of chicks - no roos! Yay! Roosters are beautiful, but they are starting to fight a little. We're anxiously-waiting-patiently on our first egg. A couple of the NHR and two of the White Leghorn hen's wattles and combs are becoming bigger and redder. Although I've noticed today that one of the WLH is acting different, as in wanting to be by herself, not really eating, wants to sleep most of the day - I just wormed the first flock on Sunday - so I really don't think it's that??? I'm wondering if she could be egg-bound? Keeping an eye on her. Will update later in the correct forum. I look forward to meeting other chicken keepers.