Hi, I'm not exactly new to BYC. I belonged several years ago, but I don't remember what my user name was. I have had many life changes since, and am now going to raise chickens again. Previously, I had raised them for years in a hobby farm setting. Now, I am in a development where they will be truly in a back yard. I have my coop built, and am expecting 15 chickens in May. I've enjoyed turning our 1 1/2 acres into our little patch of Eden with lots of fruit production, an orchard, vegetable garden, and flower gardens. We live in Wisconsin. My husband is still working, and I am retired.