Hi all! I've been poking around for a few days, but I have some questions, so I thought I'd finally register and start asking. (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens? Yes, brand new! I actually hesitate asking questions because my questions are SO basic. I don't want anyone to say "Did you do ANY research before asking this question???" Lol! (2) How many chickens do you have right now? None, I want to get some this coming year. (3) What breeds do you have? I was thinking Plymouth Rock, and Rhode Island Red... I want old varieies, that are good for meat or eggs- I plan on only using them for eggs, but once the egg laying decreases, I could use an extra chicken in my freezer. (4) How did you find out about BackYardChickens.com? I don't remember anymore, but I found them again through a Google search. (5) What are some of your other hobbies? I'm an avid reader, I like to cook, craft (herbs, knitting, sewing, mainly), and I'm 6 months into home ownership for the first time, and starting to implement all those things I've been dreaming about: gardening for self sufficiency (root cellaring, hoop houses), bees, chickens, goats.... (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share. I'm 28 yo, I've been married for 6.5 years, and I have two girls, age 5 and 6 months. We homeschool. I think chickens will make a good 4H project in a few years. We also have a cat. We live in the middle of the city, but have about a half acre of land, and lots of nature within walking distance.