I got my start this year in chickens because I wanted to reduce the amount of ticks in my yard. I aquired 3 older laying hens that no longer produce. My plan was to test the waters with them to see if they would survive, but not keep them through the winter, and get new girls to lay. Everything is going very well so far. I have worked out how to keep them safe from my dogs and so far the wildlife has left them alone. I have made a few mistakes. The first one was naming them, the second was falling for their funny and entertaining personalities. They follow me around the yard all the time; even when mowing! There is no way now that I can get rid of them...Ana, Rhoda and Isles are here to stay...Dang it!