Hi All, I've been researching chickens in anticipation of adding a few to our little family, so much so that I'm dreaming chickens! Thought that was a good sign I should probably join! (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens? - when I was a kid, about 7, I got my first chicken. She was about 3 weeks old and scrawny, but blossomed into a beautiful chicken. (2) How many chickens do you have right now? None <-- help me rectify this! (3) What breeds do you have? I *think* the chicken I had was some kind of Rhode Island Red. I *think*. As far as breeds now, I'm wondering if we should go bantam - Ameraucana, Barred Rock, or Barnevelder? (4) How did you find out about BackYardChickens.com? It's not hard to stumble across if you're serious about researching chickens online... probably google (5) What are some of your other hobbies? Anything related to my family, and sewing. I sewing almost as much as chickens. (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share. A husband, 3 kids, sahm, wannabe chicken breeder. Please help me get from this: to this: Cat in So Cal.