(1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens? We have had our hens since July 2012. We got them as pullets. (2) How many chickens do you have right now? We have three hens. (3) What breeds do you have? We have a Rhode Island Red, an Araucana, and a Brahma. (4) How did you find out about BackYardChickens.com? I have been researching ways to get my picky chickens to eat! (5) What are some of your other hobbies? I have 5 children. They seem to suck up most of my time. (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share. Our hens are pets. They have been good layers, although the Araucana stopped laying this Spring and I wonder why? She is the most light-weight and the bottom of the pecking order and I think that might have something to do with it, but she's the sweetest hen and seems otherwise healthy. The Brahma just stopped laying about a month ago and now she is really molting! I'm very concerned about her. She's always been our biggest and best eater, but even she seems super picky lately. Only the Rhode Island Red is still eating the chicken crumble. Otherwise, the only thing I can count on them eating are bugs, and they usually will eat all of their eggs if I crack them for them, and corn on the cobb. And bugs are expensive to buy every day. I want them to eat their food! It's getting colder out and I'm worried about them. My children and I love them dearly and they are very well socialized.