Hi there! Just bought a home on an acre with a barn and jumped right in to raising chickens. (Well, I've been reading up on it for years! That's half the fun.) My flock: A friend gave us their 4 RIR hens that had only been laying a few days before I brought them home. We've been getting 3-4 eggs a day from them since we got them March 1! (Joy, Pixie, PR, & Becky) We have "feral" neighborhood bantams and a neighbor rescued 4 wandering chicks from a dog and gave one to us last Saturday. We immediately went to the feed store for supplies and "siblings." So now our group of 8 chicks: 2 Ameraucanas, 1 white Ameraucana, 2 barred rocks, 1 light brahma, 1 silver laced wyandotte, and the wild bantam (likely a Birchen bantam, based on the daddy's appearance). It tickles me that the bantam and the brahma are usually snuggling, since they are opposing sides of the size spectrum! I tell people I feel like the Jane Goodall of chickens--I could observe them all day! And this board was extremely helpful to me over the weekend when one of my RIR hens had vent prolapse. With your help, a latex glove, some lube, and a big dose of "fake it till you make it" courage--all is well now. I decided that act allows me to officially have the title "chicken farmer." Do they make badges for this? Can I wear a BYC sash like a Girl Scout? Anyway, THANKS, chicken community!