Hello! My name is Tana and I'm so excited to join BYC. I've browsed this site for years and I decided it was time to join up I've kept chickens since I was 6 years old, so I guess that means I've been at it for 18 years! I've had so many breeds it's hard to remember all of them; Americanas, Orpingtons, Black Australorps, Barred Rocks, Rhode Islands, Anconas, Booted Banties, Cochins, and many more! I love my Buff Orpingtons, they're such sweethearts (and beggars!), and my current Americanas are such characters... they rule the roost. I found Pearl, my Lavender Cochin, to be sweetest chicken ever and I'll never stop missing her. Isn't it funny how much personality chickens can have? I love it! We currently have 11 chickens... but I'd love to find some Javas or Marans to add to the flock. My adventures in poultry took a mighty upswing last Spring when my boyfriend got me two Toulouse Geese (the farmyard type). They are the smartest, most fantastic birds. I adore them and their antics so much... I can just stand and watch them all day <3 They love bossing us around, especially when food and sprinklers (their favorite toys!) are involved, but when we hold them they turn into big sweeties. To keep the geese company, we also got 5 white and cream Runner ducks, 2 Blue Swedish ducks, and something that was supposed to be a Runner but has the "normal" duck build with beautiful blue/gray plumage. Her bill is a gray-ish green and we named her Bluebell... our mystery duck! The geese herd the ducks around all day... I think the ducks like having their protective "big siblings" watching their backs and alerting them to possible food handouts. The only time the geese are less than friendly towards us is when they think we're going to mess with "their" ducks. Hilarious. I'd love to find some call ducks... they are adorable! Anyways, that's were I'm at in the poultry world. Thanks for reading and I look forward to getting to know some of you!