Hello! I'm new but it feels like I've been a member for almost a year. Long story short, my gramps (who lived with me since I was born) passed away last December and it put me in a down and out type of mood. I spent the winter outside building a chicken coop (with absolutely NO experience) from old junk lumber and somehow, it was very therapeutic and helped me get over my depression. I consistently came to this site for tips ranging from coop design to breeds of chickens. Fast forward to present day, I am now happily taking care of my super supportive boyfriend, our three handsome sons, our one beautiful daughter, our two Dobermans, one "Kelpie" (gramps dog), one barnyard cat, seven chickens, and about 10 head of cattle (I suppose I could throw in the endless amount of rollie pollies and garden snails my daughter keeps in a box outside hehe) all while going to nursing school! I have a very full plate but I honestly can say I love my life and even with all the hardships and trying times, I wouldn't exchange it for a thing.