I am new to raising chickens in New Jersey. I work in NYin a very high pace, high stressed environment. I would say that I was so close to a mental breakdown when I walked into a farm store and saw a whole bunch of chicks and just decided I am getting chickens. of course everyone definitely agreed I had in fact had a breakdown. however my chickens now about 8weeks old have saved my life and brought me sanity. I have 10 chickens and can't wait every morning to let them out and get home early to spend time with them and put them to bed. But I do have alot of learning do so i am excited to join backyard chickens and learn so much and reward my chicks for helping me.