Hello! I appreciate this site and those who have posted many helpful things for a new chicken owner like me. We acquired our first chickens in June (15 Buff Orpingtons and 1 Silver-laced Polish). We also have a deaf cocker spaniel (which came with our house) and a moody cat. Eventually we would like to add several other animals to our little farm- rabbits, goats, bees, a dairy cow, and possibly an alpaca. My husband and I have four children, and I am blessed to be able to homeschool them. I can't wait to talk with others who enjoy chickens as much as I do!