Nope, I don't have any chickens "yet" but I am planning, and planning, and gathering, and craigslist stalking, and questioning, and did I mention planning? I am very excited to be just beginning the journey into being a chicken farmer and everyone who even looks like they want to talk to me is hearing about it. My fiance thinks I am crazy, my kids give me the "oh Mom not chicken talk again..." look and my parents think I am just plain nuts... but here I am, the Crazy Chicken Lady... I am just gathering my supplies needed to build my coops and runs and have gotten everything so far for free. At the advise of several BYC members (thank goodness I discovered this page before I undertook this great adventure) I have gathered several suitable materials for building the coops. To date I have several (20 ish) pallets, many many feet of reclaimed hardwood flooring, an 8x8x5 hardwood shipping crate, an 12x12x12 hardwood shipping crate, 2 reclaimed windows, hundreds of nails, and some tin roof. Geeze when I lay it all out there it sure sounds like I have been busy! I plan on using these materials and the others that I will buy to build at least 2 coops. Although, I have an old wooden swing set out back that is too old for the kids to play on that is begging to become a chicken house! I plan on getting 12 meats and at least 12 layers and a roo to start my flock. I am in love with so many breeds and types that I can't possibly decide which breeds yet. Maybe even a colorful variety? I am hoping to do so soon though because I would like to get them ordered soon so I don't miss out. I have already seen that I will have to wait quite a while to get any SF babies from Myer... . Eventually I would like to be able to raise my own meats so I am looking at the dual purpose breeds for now. Although, that swing set might just be the perfect place for some silkies... hmmm... more planning... All - in - all I am very excited to be starting this journey and am so glad that I have found this site and all of you! Now I know where to run when everyone looks at me like I am nuts when I start my next "chicken" story!