Hello all! I am a military wife and mother of four living on a hobby farm in Oklahoma. We have 3 horses, 1 dog, 3 cats, 2 hamsters, 3 gerbils, a very full Koi pond, and raise registered Dexter Cattle. We've wanted chickens for a long, long time, but just added them to our "family" a few months ago. They are a blast and we wish we'd done it sooner! My DH and I both raised chickens for meat when we were kids, but this our first venture with egg layers. We have 9 red star sex link hens, 1 Rhode Island Red rooster, and a rooster and hen of mixed breeding. We bought them all as a flock from a family in southeast OK. They had gotten them from a commercial operation that had snipped all their beaks - and not just snipped - they have NO beaks. Very sad! But they are the sweetest hens, they follow us everywhere and love to be held, petted and carried around. They have free roam of our acreage and come to the coop at night. We do have our perimeter fenced with 2x4 woven mesh fence to keep them in. This isn't a young flock, and not all the hens lay, but it doesn't matter to us, we love watching them and having them around. I look forward to learning all sorts of things from this site!