Hello Chicken Lovers! This is my first post in the BYC Forum and I am super excited to talk with people who love chickens just as much as I do. My family and I moved to my parent's 43 acre beef cattle farm almost 3 years ago to help my mom run things after the loss of my dad. While beef cattle are wonderful, I fell in love with the egg laying friends and soon decided to get my own flock started. I am an elementary school teacher, and one of my favorite things to do each year is incubate eggs from our very own chickens and give my students the full hatching experience. It is a hit every time. Of course they end up coming back to my farm once they have hatched and I get to add them to my flock. Last summer I lost my entire silkie flock within a month's time when something got into the coop and killed them for sport. I am now just beginning to build my flock up once again and I am very excited to have chickens again. While I love all chickens, I have to admit that silkies and any other puffy/crazy feathered kind get me every time. I will be the first to tell you I am by no means a chicken pro and I have a lot to learn about raising them. I hope I will get what I need through the use of this forum.