I'm Jon. My partner, Tessa, and I have "adopted" some chickens from a friend of ours, and have already started the painstakingly slow process of making friends with our new flock.
I grew up around chickens. My family had a couple dozen Rhode Island Reds, in addition to some little white things that I think were meant for meat (protip: don't name future dinners.. it's traumatic on a pre-teen), turkeys, pigs and rabbits.
But, as my partner and I are working towards more self-reliance, and less need for grocery stores, our next obvious step was to invest in some layers. As of this past Sunday, we are now the proud parents of a couple of Silkies as surrogate "moms", and for chicks: a "blue" (no clue), a cute little brown thing that reminds me of a chipmunk, and some Wyandotte mixes. I built our coop based on some of the ideas I found on this forum, and, of course, WAY over-engineered it. It should hold a dozen hens comfortably, and I could park my truck on it. :-)
We're super excited to be embarking on this journey and we're hoping to be able to purchase some land in the near future and add some other farm-like critters to our odd family as well.
When I'm not a cheekin farmer (ha!), I'm a stay-at-home house hubby (for lack of a better word), a full-time college student, and the singer/guitarist for a blues power trio.
Very glad to be here. I hope to meet some neighbors. :-)
PS. The sikies and "brownie" are in my avatar... I'll add more cheekin pix as I think to.