Hello from Eastern Oregon. I am a new chicken mama to 6 beautiful Buff Orpington Hens. We get 3-5 large brown eggs every day and have the sweetest girls. I've learned so much from this site and am truly grateful for the generous sharing that goes on here. I am also relieved to know that I am not the only person that is head-over-heals in love with their flock. I would have thought someone quite crazy if I hadn't experienced this phenomenon myself. I got started with chickens purely for the the egg production but the reward has been the relationship with my little darlings. My hobbies are stamping and scrapbooking. I am also a new gardener so have had quite the learning curve this summer. My husband and I purchased this home on a half acre last fall with big dreams of what it could become. We will be planting a few fruit trees this fall and will raise a couple of spring calves for beef come next winter. The funny thing is that I am a vegan (for health reasons) so I don't get to enjoy the little gifts our hens give us each day; however, my husband and family members eat yummy eggs regularly and will most definitely enjoy organic beef next year. The poop from our coop and chicken yard are deposited daily in our compost pile for next year's garden. I doubt that we'll ever eat these chickens but will enjoy their company for as long as they are healthy. Even when they no longer lay eggs, they still produce the garden gold that enriches our soil. I live in gratitude for the rich blessings God created for our benefit and to be cared for by us.