Found BYC early this spring while researching breeds, coop designs, etc. I spent hours looking up various topics and appreciate everyone's willingness to share their experiences, both positive and no so positive. Finally decided to join. Growing up on a dairy farm, I remember butchering chickens and I had a pet hen named Featherbed, but we didn't raise chickens. I got a few ducks and geese as our children where growing up, but after retiring two years ago, wanted to raise chickens so we could have our own eggs. It took a couple of years to convince my husband, but he finally caved this spring. On April 5th, I got 8 pullets when they were 12 hours old. Three barred rocks, 3 RIRs, 1 buff orpington, and 1 EE make up our flock. They get along very well and we love watching them as they wander around the yard being chickens! I have been busy over recent weeks building a coop and am almost done. They are living in the lower run section for the time being and love visiting with me as I am working on their new home. I have incorporated a variety of ideas from members in the coop construction; it was helpful to have so many resources at my fingertips during decision times - thank you again to those who share. Our family now comes over for "chicken therapy," and even hubby is warming up to them. I have been a lifelong horse owner, so having chickens fits right in with my other critter chores. I always thought horse people were passionate but when I found BYC, I discovered a whole new level of devotion!