Hi, My name is Sue I first got chickens 4/29/18. 8 sexed girls from Tractor Supply, 4 Black Sex Links and 4 Rhode Island Reds. We still have, 8 but one of the BSL's got taken by a large red tailed hawk and we adopted a mostly white ( a few black feathers) w/ red comb girl ( unknown breed). She is half the size of my other 7 girls so incorporating her into the flock was a painful month of a chicken in the house most of the time. I first got chickens to have clean eggs. They are super spoiled with non-gmo, non soy, non corn, organic feed. Homemade fruit & veggies and what we like to call the taj mahal of coops. the eggs are just a bonus, the chickens are a wonder and have brought much calm to my life over the last year. We also have a chocolate lab & a siamese cat, neither cat or dog care much for the chickens and are mostly afraid of them. My husband and I live in western NY, I am also a studio potter. I grow much of our food and we buy only small farm raised cattle, chickens & pigs fed a healthy natural diet. clean food is important to us. don't get me wrong I love a candy bar or homemade cookies, Im not a saint! I found this site by searching for info about chickens and found it to be very helpful & easy to search topics.