Hello, My name is Jason and I am a new member. This is my first post. I decided it was time to introduce my boys to the world of raising chickens. I am not new at this, however I am sure I need some refresher courses. I raised chickens (along with various other animals) as a kid with my parents. At the time I wasn't aware of the lessons it was teaching me, nor did I care. About 13.5 years ago I left everything I knew as a kid and teenager to join the Army. To make a very long story short, after thirteen years of traveling, living away from what I knew as home, going from country boy to getting caught up in the hustle and bussel of the cities I lived in, and deployments over seas, my wife (high school sweetheart) and I decided to move back home to central New York ( upstate New York) Well close enough... I was raised in the southern Adirondacks. I wanted to trade in out current lifestyle for something more simple and come home to my roots. I am married to an awesome women and I have two boys 7 and 3. Since the birth of my boys my parents have noticed how much times have changed and how different we raise our children now. I will guilty admit my boys are pretty spoiled (mostly by there two sets of grandparents). Over the past few years my mother has told me on more than one occasion when she sees us spoiling our boys that we should "give our boys everything we didn't have as kids, but make sure we give them everything we did have as well"... Well this brings me back to the topic of "Coming Home". We bought a pretty neat place in the country with an awesome view of the Mohawk Valley. Like I said we wanted a little bit simpler life and I want my boys to enjoy the same things I did as a kid... So as I was sitting around on our back deck watching the kids Thinking about what my mother has been telling me, I decided that chickens would be a good introduction to my boys of the life I used to know. Two weeks ago I brought home some golden polish, top hat specials, silkie bantams , and frizzle Cochins. The boys absolutely love them and they are growing fast. My dad and I are in the process of sawing our own rough cut lumber out of hemlock that we cut on his property. I plan on building an awesome chicken coop this summer and I will defiantly share it with you. Please feel free to post comments or helpful information to help me through the process. While I have raised chickens before, this time I bought some exotic looking breeds that I thought would be fun for us to raise and start to bring us back to our roots.