(1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens? We consider ourselves to still be newbies, but in reality, it's been about 18 months now. Our first set of three ladies did not do well because we allowed them to free range all day. Our new flock is much better supervised and are doing very well. (2) How many chickens do you have right now? Currently, we have 65 ladies and 5 gentlemen of various species and ages. Almost forgot to include our 5 ducks! (3) What breeds do you have? Americauna - 22 hens White Leghorn - 13 hens, 5 roosters Rhode Island Red - 8 hens Easter Eggers - 7 hens Brown Sussex - 6 hens White Laced Wyandotte - 2 hens (rescue animal) Brown Leghorn - 2 hens (rescue animal) Unknown - 5 hens (4) What are your favorite aspects of raising backyard chickens? Learning the personalities of each bird. The interactions between the birds as well as how they interact with our other animals. These other animals include several cats, two Great Pyrenees (livestock protection animals), two Yorkies (think they are livestock protection animals! ) Building/modifying the coop and find new ways to deal with the issues that come up pretty much every day. So much more that we can't think of right now. (5) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share. We have five wonderful children with only one left at home. He's just about ready to leave for college so it will be an empty nest, wait with 70 chickens it won't be! (6) Bonus: How did you find BYC, how long have you known about BYC, and what made you finally join our awesome community? We have been reading the various posts for quite some time. We found the site via our many, many, many google searches and found the information here to be some of the best on the net. Very informative and the discussions are always friendly and helpful. We joined because we wanted to become participants and not just passive readers.