Hi! I'm Jon. My partner, Tessa, and I have "adopted" some chickens from a friend of ours, and have already started the painstakingly slow process of making friends with our new flock. I grew up around chickens. My family had a couple dozen Rhode Island Reds, in addition to some little white things that I think were meant for meat (protip: don't name future dinners.. it's traumatic on a pre-teen), turkeys, pigs and rabbits. But, as my partner and I are working towards more self-reliance, and less need for grocery stores, our next obvious step was to invest in some layers. As of this past Sunday, we are now the proud parents of a couple of Silkies as surrogate "moms", and for chicks: a "blue" (no clue), a cute little brown thing that reminds me of a chipmunk, and some Wyandotte mixes. I built our coop based on some of the ideas I found on this forum, and, of course, WAY over-engineered it. It should hold a dozen hens comfortably, and I could park my truck on it. We're super excited to be embarking on this journey and we're hoping to be able to purchase some land in the near future and add some other farm-like critters to our odd family as well. When I'm not a cheekin farmer (ha!), I'm a stay-at-home house hubby (for lack of a better word), a full-time college student, and the singer/guitarist for a blues power trio. Very glad to be here. I hope to meet some neighbors. PS. The sikies and "brownie" are in my avatar... I'll add more cheekin pix as I think to.