(1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens? My first chickens were reared back in 1986 and I've had them ever since. Right now they share a fenced 1/2 acre pasture with domestic geese (toulouse and emden) with access to 2 additional 1/4 acre 'compartments'. (2) How many chickens do you have right now? 10 adults + 8 new chicks (hatched in early June 2011) (3) What breeds do you have? right now....rooster is a rescued light Brahma, hens: 1 buff orpington, 3 americana mix, 5 half light Brahma/half americana mix. I've had several dual purpose breeds over the years. Barred rocks are a favorite as well, black sex links, black australorps are also nice. I'd like to get some barred rock blood back in the mix but rearing chicks is a big hassle with Siberians around so I prefer to let the hens do all the work. (4) How did you find out about BackYardChickens.com? google (5) What are some of your other hobbies? gardening, pottery, Siberian huskies, tropical fish/goldfish/koi (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share. I've lived with Siberian huskies for several decades, have explored lots of crafts including batik, polymer clay, paper arts, quilting, weaving and right now I'm learning about slab based pottery. Just bought my first kiln. I pay my mortgage by being a research fishery biologist.