Hello there! Thank you for such a chatty, lovely, chicken-y forum! I'm pleased to meet you all. I'm wishing to learn as much as I can about keeping just a few (bantams, perhaps) in our relatively good-sized suburban backyard. My main interests are to have friendly, docile, quiet chickens to lovingly nurture. Their wellbeing, and being kind to their spirits, is important to me. Eggs would be nice, too! (even if small) I'm hoping for peace and harmony in the backyard realm. Me: I am blind but with a bit of residual eyesight, am a Reiki master, teach T'ai Chi when I can, love my German Shepherd "Grimm," and my rescued indoor FIV+ cat "Smokey." Love organic gardening, hiking, eating natural foods, Zen meditation, reading, walking, swimming in the bay, herbal healing, growing flowers, and playing ball with Grimm in the backyard. While my boyfriend has raised chickens before, I have a lot to learn! Researching is my first step. Thank you again for having such a great forum!