Alright- Where to start? You guys are nice enough to give me a list of starting questions so I will copy them right here and go from there . . . (BTW, thanks for the nudge) (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens? Oh yes- completely new, although I've had parakeets and a macaw for a while so I am very familliar with cleaning bird poo. My little flock is a month old on June 5th, 2011 (2) How many chickens do you have right now? 12. I ordered 10 thru the local farm store and got two extra mystery chicks. (3) What breeds do you have? Well, hmmm. now that's a toss up. I ordered 5 Buff Orpington (straight run) and 5 Australorps(all pullets), but my "australorp" chicks have feathered out with white barring:/ so I'm thinking they are Plymoth Rocks or Cuckoo Marans, or ect . . . they have pale yellow legs with black shading. And only one of my BO are looking like a BO- the rest look like mutts of some sort- two looked like chipmunks when they were chicks so I kinda hope they are EE. We have yet to see what the sexes are. My two mystery chicks- one looks like a salmon favorelle and the other looks part BO but with white. (4) How did you find out about BackYardChickens.com? Oh gosh! how could I not find out about you? everytime I googled a query- whether it was the size I should make my coop door or when to start feeding grit, or how to identify my chipmunk chicks you guys came up. And I thought, if I am gonna take this on I'd better sign up (5) What are some of your other hobbies? Gardening, books, trying to learn more spanish, some arabic, hebrew, french- I like language but I'm just not devoted enough to sit down and learn grammer. Cooking. i love world foods. Herbs, Tatting- altho I haven't had the spare time for that. Bollywood movies. I have a passing interest in funny gore films. BTW, did you know theres a movie called poultrygeist about zombie chickens? (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share. I have two "barn" cats, one tiny wiener dog named Bella, and a wonderful husband who has offered to build the coop & run. We have a half acer of land and are surrounded by corn and soybean fields (champaign county, IL). No kids yet- but hoping to have some little ones to chase the chickens soon. Anyway, lurking on your boards has been so useful I had to finally join the fun! Hi Everyone!