Hello from Central Illinois! (1)to chickens / when did you first get chickens? We got 16 is a brown pullets 9 years ago, but had to move and gave them to a neighbor just before they started laying. (2) How many chickens do you have right now? 31 (3) What breeds do you have? isa Brown, buff Orpington, silkies (blacks, self blues, splash), Cochins (partridge, silver laced, buff), sultans, golden laced polish, barred rock, white Orpington, silver laced Wyandotte, light brahma, frizzles (black, red), buff Minorca, Americauna, and Phoenix. These are all mostly young unsexed chicks, kept indoors in 2 large brooders. I also have a few layers and several definite pullets. I've tried and failed to introduce older hens to my girls, and decided to just start with a large group of babies to grow up together. I'm trying to get all of the breeds I want, young enough to more easily integrate them. I plan to have 2 coops, standards in one, and Silkie, bantam, fancies in another. By my calculations I have about 4 weeks to get my banty coop built. I'm sure to end up with probably 12 roosters, which will have to go. I'm really hoping for at least a few girls in the bunch of silkies, frizzles, Cochins, and sultans! (4) How did you find out about BackYardChickens.com? Googling chicken troubles, of course. (5) What are some of your other hobbies? Building, reading, women's health, ukulele, baking, knitting... (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share. I'm a Christian, I have a husband, 5 kids, and I homeschool the youngest 4. We have 2 dogs, a beagle mix and a staghound, 3 outdoor/ garage cats, and 3 parrots (African grey, Quaker parrot, yellow sided conure) in addition to the chickens. My 10 year old got an incubator for her birthday (cheap hovabator) and it's been holding a steady temp, and I have a fan kit on the way. Bidding on some speckled Sussex eggs, salmon favorelles, and turkens on eBay. I'm talking to a local guy about getting some serama chicks too. Would love some d'uccles if anyone local has chicks or eggs! Thinking about a third coop for oshamos or Malays, pending further contemplation and possibly psychiatric exam.