Although I grew up on a farm, I have been away from chickens for nearly 40 years. Some friends in the AirForce were transferring away, so we bought their chickens and I have rescued 3 more. Right now we have 7 hens and 2 chicks. Four are Rhode Island Reds, on Leghorn, one Americana and one which may be a Plymouth or Barred Rock. The last 3 are the rescues and two were beat up by a turkey; the Americana and the Plymouth. The Plymouth has a lot of missing feathers, and I have put the medicine on her to discourage pecking, as I have some of the Rhode Island Reds. My BackYardChickens was one of the first sources I searched out for information on a chicken. I have one that is egg bound, but is doing pretty well with that. My plan this week is to get her some help. My other hobbies are organic gardening, music, robotics and rocketry. I am a mom, and grandma. Teaching middle school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is may day job and my backyard farm is my therapy. My only dog, a 16 year old poodle died recently, but my daughter has a Yorky which is 2 years old. He is my biggest menace. As a pup he chewed up all my drip system, so I fenced in all my raised beds with chicken wire. Last year he killed one of my rabbits, which escaped. Right after we got the hens, 3 escaped from the pen and he killed them. To say the least, I dislike him greatly and he gets locked in the house when we go to the pen.