Hi all, I am new to chickens this year and have been doing a lot of reading on BYC the last few months, mostly on links from pinterest. I got my first set of 10 chickens in May, and lost all but four about 4 weeks in, the cat figured out how to get into the little cage I had them in during the afternoon so I ordered 10 more in June and was shipped an extra! I did great with them until about August when my dog decided she would have a taste, so it has been a struggle to keep them alive. I am now down to 3 from May and 5 from June. I have a Rhode Island red and 2 black Australorps from May, and from June I now have down to a silver wyanodtte, barred rock, buff orpington, buff brahma, and a new hampshire red. Besides the chickens, I have a 5 year old dog, Ginger, a seven month puppy, Guss, both bull-boxers, an eight year old cat with ptsd, and we are looking at getting a bearded dragon for Christmas. I started cricket and mealwrom farms last month to supplement my flock through winter with my fodder and layer feed. I have also had fish in the past. I grew up on a farm, and although my dad only grew crops, he bought me a horse and mom always let me bring critters in, despite them giving her heebie-jeebies. I wish I lived outside of town now so I could have more animals, but I am grateful that we live on a corner lot and just bought the vacant one next to us, so I have a large, almost 1/2 acre fenced yard for the chickens and dogs. I love crafting and doing house projects, and have been considering volunteering at the zoo 20 miles north of our little town, in the bigger town where my husband works. I also love being a mom to the only child we've been able to have. He will be 9 in a couple month. Waiting for some of those house projects to calm down a bit and I will be going to school for massage therapy, and waiting on a substitute teaching license right now. Guess that sums up most of my life right now. glad to finally be a member of BYC!