Hi, I have been lurking, reading, then posting since November '08, but somehow didn't notice this area (New Member Intros), so am posting a belated "introduction"... My name is Suellen, and I live about an hour South of Pittsburgh, PA (SUPERBOWL CHAMPS AS OF LAST NIGHT, WOOHOO!!!!!). I am new to chickens, but NOT new to animals, am a certified Veterinary Technician, who has been working as a full-time Zookeeper/Animal Trainer (mammal department, mainly primates, African Wild Dogs, and small mammals) for 15+ years. I have also worked with a LOT of birds, raptors, psittasines, some emu & ostrich (ratites), but NO CHICKENS... I am married for almost 10 yrs to a wonderful, TOLERANT, man, who is a State Trooper by "profession"... and am a Mommy to 2 gorgeous baby girls, ages 4 and 7 years old. Got into chickens 'cause my 4 year old has been OBSESSED with them since practically birth; I did a "chicken theme b-day party" for her, complete with some visiting chickens from a local BYCer... and of course ended up hatching a few of my own (THANX BYC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)... I will be ABSOLUTELY FINE, but have been off work since late June, needed some surgeries, and am enjoying myself as a "stay-at-home Mommy" and new chicken owner, thank you BYC for all of your help & new friends... Chicks: 3 leghorns (being raised for a friend with a farm), 1 Serama "Flower", 1 RIR mix "Maybelline", one Sizzle, and 2 new white Silkies "Prada" and "Fendi"... Hi, all, and thanks for everything!!!