Hello. My name is Chris and I just wanted to introduce myself. I was always a wannabe farmer but grew up in the suburbs of St Louis. I had vegetable gardens but never any "livestock". I had wanted to raise animals and about 5 years ago, decided to take the plunge and raise some chicks. I purchased 5 Plymouth Barred Rocks. (I used them for their eggs, couldn't bear to kill them for food.) No roosters. I built a coop in the garage and let them out to graze during the day. They were awesome to watch, each having their own personalities. I even started my brother in law on chickens too. All was great for about 1.5 years, until someone in my neighborhood turned me into the HOA. I had to give my ladies away to a friend, who has a palace for a chicken coop. I still got to see them, but it wasn't the same. I live in a condo now, so no chickens BUT I am able to still satisfy my need to grow. I started a feeder insect company, selling to wholesale and retail customers. My sister's girls are well fed with mealworms, superworms and beetles. I look forward to learning more about chickens on this forum and their nutritional needs.