Our story begins with a stray, mutt rooster, who just showed up two years ago in the dead of winter. He decided to take up residence in our red tip bushes. Amazingly, he survived a hard, cold winter. It snowed probably three times, which is a lot for eastern NC. My fiance would put food & water out for him daily. When spring finally arrived, my fiance came to me and said, "I think I am going to go and find this boy some girls. What do you think about having chickens?" I think my exact words were, "Heck no!!! I don't want chicken crap all in my yard. NO WAY!!!" Needless to say, my fiance started to build a coop off of my daughters 12' x 14' wooden cabin playhouse. (The playhouse had sat there for a year, with her maybe going in it once or twice. We had it custom build for her, so it's a cutie of a cabin, perfect for a chicken coop) Well, about three weeks later, my fiance showed up with about four hens. We had named the rooster "Rocky" by this time. It wasn't even necessary to coax him in the coop. Once he saw the hens, he came running right through the door. I NEVER wanted chickens, but wow was I amazed at the joy they brought me. I now LIVE to be with my birds. This is how it all started.................................................We now have over 300 chickens. And now, we have 7 ducks and a goose. My fiance dug a pond about a month ago, and it has filled with water, and is gorgeous. Amazing how one little rooster could enter our life, only to turn us into "farmers". I say "farmers" because of all of the animals. We let all of our chickens "free-range". I have 50 which are just mine. They are Amercauans, BR, NN, GLW, SLW, sex links, RIR, EE, and some BTW japanese bantams. And, of course there is Rocky. Rocky is the only standard rooster I have. Luther is my BTW japanese bantam rooster, and he has only two hens. Rocky's the one with all of the girls. My fiance has 250+ BO's, which are fenced in about 1/2 acre area, which is where the pond is. What a beautiful, blessed, life I have. Anybody else have an awesome story about how they got started with ducks/geese/chickens??