Hi all, Long time chicken crazed lover here. I found your site today looking for anyone giving away laying hens in the Reno/Sparks, NV area and I could not believe my eyes! I love this site. I have spent the last two hours just engrossed in looking at all of the pictures and posts from everyone. I have raised chickens since I was 12 years old when I lived in Maine and I have always loved them. The unfortunate part is that when I moved away from Maine back in 92 I only lived in city areas that either did not allow for raising chickens or I did not have the room myself. I moved to the Reno/Sparks, NV area about 10 years ago and have been trying to talk my husband into letting me have chickens for years now but until this year I was not very successful. A little bit of background, I'm Nikki, I'm married and have two wonderful monster boys that are 3 and 5. I worked in the computer industry for about 20 years and finally quit to be a stay at home Mom 5 years ago. I co-own MillerWater with my parents and I help run our business from the convenience of my home unfortunately because we lost our store in December due to the economy falling through the proverbial floor. We still have the business though so we're blessed with that. On top of that, I homeschool our boys who are in Kindergarten and 1st grade this year. I love gardening and farming, I have a small veggie garden outside, every last cranny filled with Aero and Hydro gardens in house, I also am breeding English Mastiffs and hopefully next summer I will be adding Korean Mastiffs to the mix. So yeah I try to stay as busy as possible. I am currently in the process of building a 4X8 Coop and I was fortunate enough to pick up 6 laying hens from Craig's but I am hoping to add about 25 more birds to that group. I am a big fan of the Heavy Breeds and I do not think my husband knows just how far my obsession reaches. *LOL* Anyway, thanks for letting me share. Hopefully I can hook up with some locals on the site and talk chicken with the rest of you lovely chicken fanciers. Thanks, N.