Hello everyone. I am obviously new to the group and I am new to raising chickens. I was surprised at how much I have grown to love my chickens. I call them my kids. I currently have 2 Americanas, I believe both are females. I have had them for about 5 months. They are not yet laying. I am anxiously awaiting eggs. I also have 2 New Hampshire Reds, about 4months old. 1 Road Island Red, also about 4 months old and I believe it is a rooster. He already has a crown and waddles on the sides. I did have a pair of white Crested Polish that are about 3 months old. Unfortunately our little T.T. had a mishap with a coyote. It was very sad. She was my baby. She loved me and I loved her. It makes me ill thinking about how I lost her. I never leave my chickens out free ranging now unless my dog Shadow is out with them. He will kill a coyote if it comes anywhere near the fence. I had unfortunately made the mistake of bringing him in to eat for a few and within minutes the coyote was here and gone again with my baby in his mouth. Needless to say I cried and cried. My little fella whom I call Elvis cause of his crazy doo, is a very lonely little boy. He keeps calling for his T.T but she is gone. If anyone knows anyone in Phoenix or Surprise Arizona that has a young female White crested blue polish or even black polish that can keep my little man company please contact me. I will be looking for other roosters later on down the road. I want to get a rooster for my Americana. If you know anyone wanting to get rid of an Americana rooster contact me as well please. I have a young pair of Buff Orpington ducks that are currently laying eggs. She does not appear to want me to touch them because she gets between me and her eggs. There are currently 5 in the nest that she built. It has been so warm that she has not had to sit on them to keep them warm . I'm going to wait a few weeks and see if any hatch. I enjoy playing with the water and the ducks. They love to go swimming while I shower them with the hose. My grandchildren are crazy about the critters I have here. In fact the ducks and Americana were picked out by my granddaughters. The Reds were picked out by my grandsons and the crested Polish I ran across and snatched them up 'cause they were so darn cute and interesting. They are very friendly chickens. Hop right up into my hand when I ask. Well I look forward to meeting new friends here and to learn all I can about raising and hatching my chickens. I have to breed my little polish. They are very amusing chickens.