Well hey! I'm Amanda, and I've been stalking about this forum, gleaning fowl information, for a few months now, and have finally actually made a profile. I live in Mesa, Arizona, and purchased my first house last spring. I have what is considered a huge plot of land for cityfolk here, 1/3 acre, and have been scheming to get a chicken coop for months now. All of the research I have done both here and on other websites has made me realize that I would be better suited to starting with quail, and am in the process of building them some hutches. My house was a fixer-upper, so I have a *lot* of experience with tools and DIY'ing, which is coming in handy for saving money on starting my flock! I am also working on planting a wide array of fruit trees and bushes, and hope to be able to finally start a vegetable garden in the fall! My ultimate goal is to have myself a nice little homestead that provides at least half of my food during the growing seasons.