Hello everyone! I have been pouring over this website for a good month now, so I finally decided to make an account and jump into the community! I am not new to poultry... but it's been 8 or so years since I've owned any, so it all feels new again! I used to have a huge flock of ducks, chickens (standard and bantams) and geese. I loved having them around, but they were so much work, so messy (mostly the waterfowl) and so expensive that I eventually decided to sell them all after about 5 years of waiting on them hand and foot. I regretted it, but it was nice not having to go out in the rain, sleet, and snow to take care of 200 birds! lol I eat eggs every day and use them in baking constantly, and over the last few months, the pale store-bought egg yolks started grossing me out more and more. I kept remembering how AMAZING and richly colored homegrown eggs were. So... after much hemming and hawing and waiting for various factors to line up, I finally decided to get a little flock of laying hens again this spring. By little, I mean *little*! Chickens are like potato cihps... can't have just one, and I already sense my grabby hands starting up again as I browse all the breeds lol. But I've decided to limit myself to six for this year. We'll see how that works out... I'm planning on using a chicken tractor most of the time but also having a stationary coop/yard. I've been having a lot of fun coming up with designs and have gotten a ton of great ideas from this site and these forums already! I'm sure I'll have lots of questions once construction starts and the babies are here. I decided to get one of each of the following: Welsummer, Speckled Sussex, Salmon Faverolles, Barred Rock, Buff Orpington, and an Easter Egger. I am going to pick them up from a local hatchery (yay for no 25 minimum order!) around February or March, depending on when everything's ready for them. But I'm beside myself with excitement and look forward to participating on this forum.