In another thread I was asked about my chickens. Since chickens are about dead easy, it didnt take long to tell. This led to a sort of cathartic self-revealing, which to be honest, struck me as sort of interesting. Even to me. SO I thought a thread of this type might be cool The object here is to start by telling about your chickens, but to end telling about YOU. No dull chicken coop mechanics or predator proofing, but YOUR story. I'll start: "How many chickens DO you have Dave? You never talk about them much. LOL" "Thanks for asking Kim. I doubt my story will be of much interest to anyone, but here it is. I went chicken-less for quite some time, due to some losses, moves - and moves that didnt happen. I've only now gotten back into it - for a long time I was absent from BYC since I WAS chicken-less. As of today, my total flock is five chickens. Im not a "big flock" person, regardless. Honestly, I am more of a gardener-tinkerer who has gotten to know a little something about chickens. I'm also a bona-fide city chickener, oddly one of the seeming few here at a site named 'Back Yard Chickens'. 10-15 birds is about my limit, due mostly to space limitations and neighborly goodness. I am also not a very good chicken killer, so I tend to stay out of meat bird discussions from a personal knowledge standpoint. I'll quip in from time to time, but as you;ve noticed, I tend to stay out of many of the hard-core, detail discussions, period. I will comment on incubation, general topics and some of the old ways I've learned and read about, but I try to be cautious about dispensing real advice. There are people far better for that than me. AND I rarely try to play the 'guess age/sex/breed' game! I feel stupid trying to guess this stuff from some pic of a scruffy looking chick, in some far off place. Im always baffled by those who seem to do it well. I don't have 200 birds, and cant imagine that I should ever, so I tend to listen and try to offer a counterpoint most of time (I actually read far more posts than I comment in). Why counterpoint? Why not just sing to the choir all the time, with everyone else? Well, I'm of the belief that a fanatic can't change his mind nor change the subject, and if we're to be honest, we have plenty of fanatical folks here. I used to sing all the same songs as they; I was a long time subscriber to TMEN back in the early days and have boxes full of back issues. I was a devout vegan eco-green warrior for the New Age, fancying myself some modern-day Thoreau. I can relate to these folks, believe it or not. But I see this site like one of those TV shows, were vastly different people trade lives. There are many sides to every issue, so I am want to encourage folks into maybe seeing a little differently from their cherised "sacred cow" vantage point. That's why I like Bob Plamondon so much. He had many of the same sacred cow concepts - until he came face to face with reality. So that's me. The noble smart a** As for my current chickens. They're the offspring of many groups that I've spread around the local area, to many of my friends over several years. In a way , they have come back home."