Hi everyone at BYC, I'm a long time chicken-raiser wannabe who lives in central NJ. My family & I (husband and three children ages 13, 12, and 11) finally bought our first chicken coop used off of Craig's List. Nothing fancy, but quite adequate. We have a small but nice vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, we love soccer, we homeschool, and we raise puppies for The Seeing Eye. That's us in a nutshell. Though we've thought about raising chickens for eggs for years, we've never attempted it till now. I've got LOTS of questions! Looking forward to "meeting" you all and gleaning information as we start this new adventure. ~ michele ~ PS Some questions I'll post elsewhere: Should we buy grown chickens from local people? Should we hatch eggs? If so, when will they produce eggs? What type of chicken do we want?