Hi everyone, I've been lurking on the BYC for a couple of years. Looking stuff up and coveting different chickens! I love the site and have found so much information here! I'm finally joining since my family will be getting our first chickens this year! It's the dream of a lifetime for my husband and I - chickens were actually the topic of discussion when we started dating and fell in love Ten years, one transatlantic move, two little girls later, and one country-dream-house later, we're finally able to realize one of our most cherished dreams this year.... now we just have to build the coop without wrecking our marriage We're up Ontario, Canada, so I've been researching hardy birds, and I've got my heart set on heritage breeds — we'll be getting a small flock of layers this year - 5 or 6 hens, and a couple of ducks. We'd like to raise birds for meat too, probably hybrids, perhaps starting next year, but we're starting small! Our experience in looking after things is limited to hamsters, mice, rats, cats, injured wild animals, and children... Despite extensive reading and scouring the internet for a few years, I'm expecting the practical realities to be a steep learning curve, but we can't wait! Pleased to be here! Rach.