Good morning all, I am a long-time resident of the Chicago suburbs and became interested about a year ago in keeping chickens. This project is still in an early stage of development, and I'm not planning on starting until next spring (2010)--this spring is far too busy already with a (greatly) expanded veg patch and honeybees! One of the big challenges I face is *finding* a place to raise chickens--my suburb does not allow chickens (but has no limits on the number of dogs you can keep???) which will lead to my first post. But I'm also interested in general topics such as breeds, coop designs and placement, and how to keep hens happy and healthy over a nasty winter. Looking forward to lots of interesting reading over the coming year!