(1) NEW to Chickens, so new I’ve not gotten any yet….. (2) We have a great start on our chicken coop, and I’ve read the county regulations for our region, and coop will be ready for “occupation” in the spring, depending on age of chickens we obtain. If young, I’ll keep them in my spare room to ensure they are healthy and warm….and ok to be outside. (3) Unsure of what breeds to look at. I love the breeds that allow you to handle them, like the Cochin and Java, as I want to “love them” too…. Not just take their eggs….. (4) How did you find out about BackYardChickens.com? Searching for information regarding chicken raising, and this looked the best! (5) Love to garden, fish and occasionally run the quads around when camping. We’re not away from home very often. (6) My husband is self-employed and I left the Forest Service after 25 years. I need something fun and positive to do when not doing the “regular” household and garden stuff…. We’re grandparents of 4, and my daughter is due with #5 in December. We have two cats, and another cat that apparently has adopted us, (Can’t seem to shoo him away…..) I enjoy the “city wildlife” we have squirrels, sometimes deer come into our yard (and we live just outside town!), turkeys, and other peoples cats…. I feed the squirrels, and have them eating out of my hand. Not to mention I feed the birds, humming birds, and plant things in my yard and garden for them. We have the grandchildren involved in taking care of our “visitors” to the yard as well.