I have visited this site secretly for a few years now. I had brought up the subject of raising chickens with my husband, let's just say I didn't get a positive reaction. I have always remember the taste, the excitement to gather those freshly laid eggs while visiting my grandparents in West Virginia. NOTHING BEATS A FRESH EGG! I ended up stopping at an orchard in Colorado and they had fresh eggs for sale, I bought some apples and a dozen eggs--oh they were beautiful and many colors (that was two years ago). When I got home from that trip I knew that I would have me some chickens! So on March 15, 2014 hubby and I just happened to be driving by feed stores and I was JUST looking. I came home with 3 chicks, about 2-3 weeks old, one americauna, one polish, and one cochin. Of course I had planned to have brooder before getting chicks, and coop before they turned into chickens but if you haven't realized this by now, I like to take my time about things and actually enjoy working under pressure. My hubby helped making the lid for the brooder and I knew he was hooked when he painted and used hinges for ease. Around the end of March he was looking in the brooder (he worked different hours/different days) and comments that they multiplied. "They did?!!" "Oh look there's ten." Just happened to walk in ACE Hardware store and came home with a California white, americauna, and blue andalusian. Of course I couldn't help but notice that more were coming in and from that shipment, I brought home 2 silver lace wyandottes, blue Wyandotte, and a silician buttercup. I felt that I had enough variety with my flock and that need for more chicks would cease, but it hasn't. Sometimes I think I need to enroll in chicken rehab, because I want to raise different breeds of chickens and I am seriously contemplating purchasing an incubator. I finished the chicken cave in June. I got my first egg July 3, 2014. I installed the nestbox mid July. The first three are laying consistently 2-3 eggs a day, 4-5 days a week. I've hit some bumps during this process, one of the silver laced wyandottes ended up being a roo, (which I didn't mine) and my Siberian husky killed three chicks of course 2 were my favorites. Yeah, I know not suppose to have favorites but they were the smaller of group and I looked after them more. I officially joined BYC in March 2014, here it is August 31, 2014 and I finally getting around to introducing myself. So back to the title of this posting: My name is Terri, I reside in Tucson, AZ and I have been "off the wagon" for 5 months, 15 days I AM A CHICKEN ADDICT!