Hello everyone! So glad I found this website and honored to be a new member! We got our first chicken 1 year ago. Her name is Gloria and she's a Rhode Island Red. She wandered into our yard and kept roosting on top off my husbands work truck (a large boom truck) and we checked with neighbors to see who she belonged to and no one would claim her (could be because we live in the city?) were worried something might kill her so I asked my husband to build a roosting box on our shed thinking she could use it at night for protection and I came home one day to a really nice large chicken coop that could hold 6 chickens or so! My son 14, and daughter 12, wanted more chickens so they researched chicken breeds they wanted and we now have 3 silkies and frizzle! They were 6,5,4,3 weeks old when we got them there now 5 months old. I've posted there pictures and asked for some sexing help a couple of times. We're still not sure who's what yet but were having tons of fun with them. They are the neatest pets we've ever had and we currently have 2 large boxers Brutus and Harley, 1 naughty cockatoo, Brandy and a Parakeete named Louie and our newest addition is a grey cockatiel, Sheldon! So excited to be a new member to back yard chickens! I wish I would have known about this web site back in July when our baby chick Murphy got sick with a cold! I did find a very knowledgeable person at a tsc that was able to help but that was after I spent several hours trying to find a vet to see my chicken, everyone thought I was nuts. All I kept hearing was Its just a chicken!" Now it's good to know there are others out there that love and care about there chickens just as much as I do! It's so nice to know there are so many helpful people out there that are willing to help with all sorts of chicken questions. I can't wait to see what the future brings and what we can learn!