Hello everyone! I'm Ashley and I'm new to this whole business of raising and taking care of chickens. I'm twenty years old and still living with my parents and younger brother in northern Illinois, and everyone else in my family has been surprisingly on-board with my new-found interest in chickens. My dad's side of the family has a lot of farmers and growing up his dad bred and trained thoroughbred racehorses. We live on property zoned residential so I'm only allowed to keep up to six hens on our property, but that's okay with me, I'm not too keen on overwhelming myself with a huge flock for my first time ever raising and taking care of chickens. I am really fond of all types of animals, despite being a self-proclaimed "cat lady". Cats just happen to be my favorite animals since I've grown up with them and currently have two. I've been lurking and keeping up with the EHAL as I wait for my own chicks to arrive from the hatchery. I've got my brooder all set up and I'm so ready to have some new members of the family. I'll only be keeping three of them, but I've ordered five barred rock chicks from Big R that are supposed to arrive tomorrow if all goes as planned. I'm just all so very excited for this new adventure and I can't wait to show off my girls when they arrive.