I am new to this forum, been mostly on BYC. I am reading around here and love it though. There can never be too much chicken information, learning from fellow chicken lovers. I have had my chickens a year and a half and I know I am fully in trouble now because I keep finding new ones that I want. I hate feeding them the store bought food, but buying the amounts to make my own food doesn't seem practical even for my 30 plus chickens. Especially since over half of them are Serama and OEG. So I am always looking for good ideas on feeding them healthier and NOT SOY. We live in the city and they have about a third of my back yard that we fenced in for them. They have fresh grass to run on and we have two areas as one is just for Serama's. My small ones are largely babies yet. I have only six aruacona size, some are mixed, that are pretty awesome layers and the rest in the main coop are my diva bantams, silkie, cochin etc. Those do not lay regular so I am lucky to get breakfast out of these guys. lol BUTTTT, I am so happy keeping them. They make life so much fun. I call it "Cheap Fun" to my husband as they don't cost alot and I am not into movies, drinking, smoking, coffee, and other things that cost money that way. My chickens are my high. I also have two loving bunnies, two ferrets and one tiny chihuahua. Lastly I breed green cheek conures and have for many years. http://www.feathersnsong.com I have one side of our basement for the conures, their babies and any nursery chicks. We have nine kids, but all are adults now, so I am officially "sort of" in retirement. We adopted five after giving birth to four. Our two youngest have some special needs due to alcohol effects in the womb, so I do help them alot and one still lives at home. BUT THE CHICKENS LIGHTEN UP MY WHOLE LIFE SO MUCH that it makes all things joyful. They are on my heart every day. Gosh, and I keep finding new breeds that I like. Eventually I want to live in the country where I can be unlimited. lol. We have worked to hawk proof, predator proof, every thing. I now have bird netting over the top of my whole area because I saw a hawk land out there. Everyone was pretty loud about that and scared the hawk away, thankfully, but I wasn't taking any chances after that. I have a couple owl decoys out there now and some scattered CD's for light reflections and I keep clothes on my tiny CHI, so that she doesn't look like an animal. We live near a hawks nest. Sorry hawks, I don't care about feeding your hunger with my babies. Looking forward to meeting other fellow chicken addicts. Terry http://www.parentingfasdkids.com This is our two best layers and favorite babies. Our first. They are RIR/Araucona mixes. I hatched them here and they are the only two out of three chickens out there that will squat for a pet. These all turned out to be boys and went to another farm, but I sure love this picture.