Hi there everybody! It's me, QueenMisha. I've been posting here quite a bit lately, but never honestly posted one of these. I'm a native Californian, raised up with backyard chickens and moving into a larger flock since we moved to the country a long while back. My flock currently numbers somewhere between 140-150 of 8 different poultry species; chickens, turkeys, guineas, peafowl, partridge, ducks, geese, and most recently pigeons. They're more of a passion than a hobby, and I'd like my future career to be owning and operating a rare breeds hatchery (think Greenfire Farms type of deal). I currently work at the Poultry Palace in El Dorado County, CA, and if any of y'all wanna stop by, we've got started pullets and some real great feed, and we're open every day except Monday. Although I've had chickens for 10 years, ever since my parents got them when I was a kid, the majority of my knowledge has come about in the last 2-3 years, and it's only recently that I've come around to realizing that the career I really want to pursue is working with poultry; sure, I could be a writer like I wanted to be as a kid, but I'm nowhere near as good at writing as I am at catching chickens. I'd actually like to go to college to obtain a degree in Poultry Sciences, but I don't have the academic background or financial means to pay for a local college, much less an out of state university, not unless I'd like to be in debt for the next 60 years or so. Of course, even if college isn't an option, I'm always looking for new knowledge to improve my own keeping skills and teach the poultry community; I have plenty of anecdotal experience but little academic knowledge; I'm trying to fix that, and have just started working my way through the National Research Council's report on Poultry Nutritional Requirements, since there seems to be a lot of argument about nutrition around here, for one thing. It's been very informative so far, and I'm actually learning some commonly held beliefs (including my own) are rather incorrect. I'm actually hoping to round up a couple of the most useful excerpts or bottom lines from the report once I'm finished with it. After that I'm going to go into the finer details of avian anatomy and then try to get a better grasp on genetics. I hope to stick around this community and help out for the foreseeable future, and maybe, if all goes well, someday you'll all know me as someone lucky enough to work with, share, and improve all the breeds I dream about owning every day. Cheers.