Good morning from Maine! I am a long time reader, new member. I am a mom of twin girls with a hobby farm out in the sticks, and my animals are helping me with the landscaping. I have 7 (was nine) Production Red Hens who have done a phenomenal job keeping the ticks at bay, as well as turning my compost pile. Their rooster, Maximus, is a RIR who was hatched as part of a class project and needed a home. My joy are my American Buff Geese, which I got because I felt like it, and they watch over the ducks they were raised with and together my waterfowl not only amuse me but keep my grass short. I have a pair of NigeriN Dwarf goats but am having fencing issues, and a pair of large black hogs that are rotor tilling my very steep and rocky back yard. The land where I am used to be all hay fields years ago, but is now a jungle of poison ivy and underbrush! I do have a question as well. Right now I need to reduce the number of drakes in my flock, or increase the number of ducks. After reading BYC about how to process chickens, I don't think I'll be able to kill one of my birds. Did anyone else have the same issue? How did you get over it?