Hi there! Name's Ash, new to the forum, but old hat at keeping poultry. I'm from the back end of beyond in the UK and I kept Black, Black-red and Lavender Araucanas and Cayuga ducks, along with a few odds and sods, for a long time up until a couple of years ago when a stoat attack took me down from 50+ to just 5 birds. Just starting over again having fired up the incubator and bought some Black and Lavender Araucana hatching eggs , and some Copper Black Marans hatching eggs, so we'll see what comes of that. I enjoy the genetic aspect of breeding, so I like to hatch mixed breeds in addition to pure. My flock currently consists of a home-bred Lavender Araucana Cockerel and three bantam crosses, all home-bred, as well as a white ex-commercial hen, and five production reds, with an incubator set today with 24 eggs who have had rather a lot of expectations put on them. Here's a few photos of some of my birds, if anyone fancies a peep?