Hi everyone! I have been a Facebook fan of this page and have used it as a resource for awhile now, but had never thought to join until now. I am so excited! My son got some baby chicks for his 8th birthday last April. My husband had raised chickens as a boy and we have known for a few years now that when our son turned 8 we would get in the chicken business. I had absolutely NO IDEA I would fall in love with the crazy things! I just figured it would be great to have our own fresh eggs and a good project for our son. Oh my goodness! Chickens are so much fun! I feel like I was missing out the last 38 years of my life by not having them around. Lol! We started out last April with 21. 7 Buff Orpingtons, 5 Plymouth Barred Rocks, 5 Rhode Island Red/Whites, 3 New Hampshires, and one New Hampshire rooster. This summer we also took on a friend's Easter Egg rooster. He was the same age as our chickens and though it was a rough start for him ( our hens and rooster were not so nice) he finally was included in the flock. About 6 weeks ago we ordered 11 Easter Egger hens, 3 Rhode Island Reds, 5 Light Brahmas, and 5 Black Australorps. They will probably start laying around the first of the year. I have learned so much about chickens and eggs...most of my Google searches led me to your page and I was never disappointed by the answers. I still have many questions about chickens. They pop up daily. I'm excited to get to talk "chicken" with all of you.