Good morning all: My chicks arrive this week and I'm busy getting set up for their arrival. The coop is half built and the brooder is almost ready. I am way new to this life so I am sure I will be asking a lot of questions. Here's my basics: (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens? Very new. My chicks are enroute and will arrive Wed or Thurs. (2) How many chickens do you have right now? I have 8 on order (3) What breeds do you have? Three Easter Eggers, three Black copper marans and two olive eggers, (4) What are your favorite aspects of raising backyard chickens? I can't really say yet but I am looking forward to caring for the flock. Right now I live on a lake and I feed the local duck population (along with some pesky raccoons that haven't gotten the hint, a lot of wild birds and a nutria) and I love it. I've wanted chickens for almost 10 years but we lived in Hawaii and it just wasn't feasible. Now we are on 2 acres and I have plenty of room and time (newly retired) so it's time to do it. (5) What are some of your other hobbies? Photography, crafting of all kinds, travel and gardening. (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share. I am married, two adult kids of my own, two step kids with my hubby, three grand kids. I am fully retired after 22 years in the Navy and 10 years of Federal service. My husband is also retired Navy. We have finally settled into our forever home. I am about to start working on my masters in Social Work and plan to volunteer some of my time at a local women's shelter. Hope to have lots of fresh eggs to share with the kitchen . Oh and I have three dogs...Chloe is a 15 yo rescue mini chihuahua, Zack is 13 and also a Chihuahua and Brutus a 9 month old Yorkie. (7) Bonus: How did you find BYC, how long have you known about BYC, and what made you finally join our awesome community? I think I found BYC when I was doing my initial research on having chickens a few years ago....now it's happening so I'm back.